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Arsenal seeks midfield options after Szoboszlai transfer blow

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The London based club Arsenal would have to look elsewhere in order to seek another and greater midfield option. In case the January swoop for RB Salzburg winger Dominik Szoboszlai scuppers completely. The ongoing rumors that have started linking the Hungarian ace with a move to RB Leipzig have sent the potential signals to Arsenal to look for another midfield option.

Arsenal has brought in a lot of reinforcement in the squad throughout the summer transfer window. The last-minute addition includes the most chased and discussed the signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid. Thanks to the efforts that Gunners give in order to release his transfer clause of £45million

However, Mikel Arteta and his side still believe that there’s room for another midfielder especially after the Mesut Ozil transfer saga and his exclusion from the squad. Moreover, Arsenal was ready to make a January swoop for talented midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai which now seems to be hanging in between.

Arsenal was set to offer a bid for Dominik Szoboszlai

According to reports from Bild. RB Leipzig the partner club of RB Salsburg is thought to be in line for the Hungary international. The Bundesliga club is willing to offer their partner club a transfer move for Europe’s highly-rated young midfielder. Suggesting a €20milion (£17.8m) transfer move for the 20-year-old.

Arsenal was set to offer a bid for Dominik Szoboszlai

Szoboszlai has given impressive performances for the Austrian outfit so far. Several clubs chasing his signature is because he has played in Champions League last term where he has broadcast his talent in all the outings for the club.

Having the stats of 12 goals in 40 outings. Dominic Szoboszlai was named as an Austrian Bundesliga player of the season for his outstanding display.

On the other hand, the relationship between the two Red Bull-owned teams has become long-standing after a number of clubs have made a swap in recent seasons. The list includes Dayot Upamecano, Naby Keita, and Konrad Laimer moving from Austria to Germany.

It also seems if Julian Nagelsmann pushed ahead for the Dominic Szoboszlai move. Then Mikel Arteta would have to look elsewhere for the quality Midfielder in January. However, there is a number of options that the Spanish boss could consider.

1. Houssem Aouar

Houssem Aouar

Lyon midfielder and Arsenal long term summer target Houssem Aouar was linked with a constant move to the Emirates stadium for the 2020/21 campaign. Aouar has been an eminent player for his side after leading them to the Champions League semi-final.
Aouar has picked where he left off in the previous campaign by making two goals and 1assist in the Ligue 1.

Arsenal couldn’t sponsor Aouar to move after the club decide not to exceed their £35m valuations for the French international. Moreover, he has a contract with Lyon till 2023. This suggests that the French side was under no pressure to sell off their star player.

2. Christopher Nkunku

Christopher Nkunku

There were reports that Arsenal was trailing a move for PSG young midfielder Christopher Nkunku. But the U21 french international swapped from PSG to RB Leipzig. Since then, he’s has become a key player at the center of the Leipzig midfield.

However, reports from HITC claims that Arsenal is keeping a close tab on Nkunku growth. Hence A potential move for Szoboszlai to Leipzig could trigger Arsenal to line up a £36million move for Christopher Nkunku. But it would only happen if the Gunners fail to sign their above two targets.

3. Nicolo Barella

Nicolo Barella

According to the reports from Sun, Mikel Arteta’s side is ready to battle it out with the Premier League rivals Manchester United. Barella joined the Italian club Ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. The 23-year old has emerged as a key player of Milan in Serie A as well as the champions League.

Antonio Conte is aware of all the interest growing for the Italian international and despite having three years left in his current deal. Conte might offer him another improved deal.

4. Hakan Calhanoglu

Hakan Calhanoglu

Calhanoglu has established his place in AC Milan in the last 18 months. He has racked up 9 goals in 35 league appearances in the last season. In this campaign AC Milan is leading the race in Serie A. However no fresh contract talks have been initiated by the club even though the midfielder has entered the final years of his contract.

The midfielder is yet to sign an extension with Milan and if he decides to leave the club. Then chances would develop for Arsenal to sign him in the future.

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