Could Hungarian playmaker Szoboszlai come to Arsenal’s rescue in January?
That’s because the Gunners are reportedly keen on bringing highly-rated playmaker Dominik Szoboszlai to the Emirates Stadium in January, and are believed to have already begun preliminary talks with the player’s representatives.
Szoboszlai – whose name is an absolute bitch to type out – has been in impressive form for his club Red Bull Salzburg, having recorded 22 goals and 33 assists in 74 games.
With just 18 months left on his contract with Salzburg, the 20-year-old could leave this January on the cheap, and Arteta is understood to be a keen admirer of the midfielder. Then again, given that Arteta has to count the likes of Willian and Alexandre Lacazette among his main attacking options, it’s not hard to see why a player like Szoboszlai would be attractive to him.
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And the good news for Arsenal is that the noise around Szoboszlai’s future at Salzburg largely points to an imminent departure from the Austrian club.
Earlier this week, Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch admitted to the Fútbol podcast that he would be “surprised” if Szoboszlai stays past the winter transfer window.
“The reality is that a guy like Dominik Szoboszlai is likely to have many suitors this winter,” Marsch said.
“He’s an incredible talent, and I say this: When you coach young players, you have to love them and love the fact that they’re going to move on and love that they’re going to have big opportunities to prove themselves and show how good they are.
“So, with a guy like Dominik, I want him to show everyone in the world how good he is…so let’s see what happens, but I would be surprised if he winds up staying past winter.”
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Szoboszlai’s own legal representative, Esterhazy Matyas, also suggested that the Hungarian international could leave Salzburg sooner rather than later.
Speaking to Digisport, Matyas said: “Whether it's in January or next summer, the most important thing is that he goes to a club where he will have a good chance of playing regularly and continuing the learning curve he started in Salzburg - that's the most important thing for us.
“Obviously, it's no secret that Dominik is closer now to leaving the Austrian league.”
Arsenal, however, will likely face competition for Szoboszlai’s signature, with the likes of Bayern Munich and AC Milan also understood to be keen on signing him in January.
No matter where he goes, we’d like to wish the journalists and commentators covering him all the best in coming to grips with his name.