According to The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano, RB Leipzig are set to beat the likes of Arsenal and AC Milan in the race to sign Dominik Szoboszlai next month.
The Hungarian playmaker has been fancied to leave Red Bull Salzburg for a while and it appears that he could be heading for a fresh challenge at the turn of the year.
Both Arsenal and Milan had made contact with the player’s representative last month in a bid to land the attacking midfielder, but it appears that Leipzig have eventually won the race for his services.
Obviously, the Bundesliga outfit have been the big advantage with Salzburg also owned by the Red Bull family, but they still needed to convince the 20-year-old which they have managed to do.
Szoboszlai has remained quiet in regards to his future plans, but it is reported that he will put pen-to-paper on a five-year contract with Julian Nagelsmann’s side ahead of the transfer next month.
Szoboszlai has operated in different attacking midfield positions and he has been impressed with his quick dribbling, ability to make key passes as well as the knack of unleashing shots on goal.
Leipzig are due to trigger the €25m (£22.9m) release clause on his contract to sign him in the near future and that should come as a huge blow for Arsenal, in particular, given their league woes this term.
The Gunners are currently lying 15th on the table with their worst ever Premier League start. They have netted only 10 goals from the first 11 matches, with just two of those coming from the previous seven games.
The lack of a creative presence in the midfield has cost them dearly. The Gunners may revive their pursuit of Lyon’s Houssem Aouar after failing to convince Szoboszlai to make the switch to north London.
Meanwhile, the arrival of Szoboszlai would further enhance Leipzig’s attack and they will be hoping to keep up with Bayern Munich in their pursuit of a maiden German top-flight title.
Leipzig recently drew 3-3 against leaders Bayern at the Allianz Arena. They are currently two points behind the Bavarian giants, who have clinched the league title for eight seasons on the bounce.
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