Arsenal are in talks with the agent of Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, with a £23 million release-clause making the Hungarian a very affordable option, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
If Mikel Arteta had a player like this at his disposal, it is hard to imagine the Gunners would have misfired so badly in home defeats to Aston Villa and Leicester City, while making very hard work of limited opposition in the Europa League.
Szoboszlai – a set-piece wizard with a penchant for a long-range rocket – feels very much like the missing piece in Arteta’s Arsenal jigsaw.
Since the start of last season, the most talented Hungarian footballer since the nation’s Mighty Magyars heyday has produced an impressive 17 goals and 27 assists.
A series of eye-catching Champions League displays, capped by a truly sensational goal in last month’s group stage clash with Lokomotiv Moscow, show that Szoboszlai’s talents are not merely limited to the Austrian Bundesliga either.
Somewhat inevitably, that £23 million release clause is starting to attract plenty of attention.
Gazzetta reports that Arsenal are in talks with Szoboszlai’s agent.
Napoli, meanwhile, could use the proceeds they earned from Allan’s move to Everton to fund a bid of their own as AC Milan side scouring the market for the best young talent around step up their own interest.
Speaking to Goal back in 2019, Szoboszlai admitted that it was a ‘huge honour’ to be linked with a club the size of Arsenal, while comparing his playing style to Toni Kroos and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
In truth, the Budapest-born 20-year-old thrives in a slightly more advanced role than Kroos and Milinkovic-Savic are accustomed too.
Perhaps Aaron Ramsey, the goal-scoring midfielder Arsenal have badly missed since his 2019 move to Juventus, is a more accurate comparison.