Hungary star Dominik Szoboszlai was the subject of interest from some of Europe’s elite clubs and Premier League outfit Arsenal were strongly linked with a move for the player.
However, it appears that Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig are set to close a deal as recent reports suggest that the Germans may pay less than the original €25 million buyout clause in his Red Bull Salzburg contract.
This will be a major blow for Arsenal who were hoping for a deal in January, with the player’s services urgently needed at the Emirates.
According to a previous report by The Athletic, any club harboring an interest in Szoboszlai and looking to activate the clause would have to notify the player by the 15th to inform Salzburg of his desire to move elsewhere.
The club in question would then submit their bid before December 31, thus allowing Salzburg the time to make preparations for a suitable replacement.
However, this may not be the case as RB Leipzig will only pay €20 million for Szoboszlai, and considering Arsenal’s present financial might, this deal would have been ideal for a player of such quality, especially in the winter transfer window.
The Gunners are in need of creativity in the middle of the park and failed to acquire a creative midfielder in the summer transfer window. Matters became worse after the side’s best playmaker Mesut Ozil was frozen out of the squad.
This has left Mikel Arteta with no choice but to improvise with the likes of Willian, Bukayo Saka, and Alexandre Lacazette for creative needs. However, this hasn’t provided the best solution for the Gunners thus far.
RB Leipzig will be smiling after getting a cheaper deal for Dominik Szoboszlai. This comes as no major surprise though, considering that Salzburg and Leipzig are sister clubs.
Regardless, Arsenal will be under pressure to add a creative player to the team once the window transfer window opens.