Arsenal’s pursuit of that much-needed new number ten could be scuppered by a familiar face – that of a certain Mr Ivan Gazidis.
According to Tuttosport, the South African executive is behind AC Milan’s pursuit of one of the hottest attacking midfielders in the game – Red Bull Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai.
And the £18 million-rated play-maker represents something more than just another new signing at the San Siro.
He, Tuttosport adds, is a player earmarked by Gazidis to ring in a whole new era with Szoboszlai’s all-action, defence-splitting style tailor-made for the type of football embodied by the Rossoneri’s prospective new coach – the godfather of gegenpressing Ralf Rangnick.
All the while, Arsenal do not appear to be any closer to snatching the signature of a Hungarian international who, in conversation with Goal last year, admitted that it would be an ‘honour’ to represent the North London giants.
Football London reported only recently that Szoboszlai is still on Arsenal’s radar.
With 11 goals and assists to his name for a Salzburg side who continue to destroy all in their path over in Austria, Szoboszlai feels like a potential missing link for a Mikel Arteta side high on organisation but low on cutting edge.
But, two years after he swapped the Emirates for the San Siro, Gazidis could be about to ruin his former club’s hopes of signing one of the most promising play-makers around.