Report – Arsenal identify a possible alternative to Houssem Aouar 

Arsenal is looking to sign RB Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai in the next transfer window after their failed pursuit of Houssem Aouar in the summer, claims Fabrizio Romano.

The Gunners were keen to land Aouar, but the transfer window closed without them landing the 22-year-old Frenchman.

They might return for him, but Romano is claiming that they have also been watching Szoboszlai, with a view to signing the Hungarian.

Szoboszlai has over a combined 50 goals and assists for Salzburg in less than 80 matches and he has been attracting the attention of several top European teams.

Romano also reveals that he was close to joining AC Milan before the transfer fell through.

He also revealed that he is a player that Arsenal has been watching for years now.

He said on his Here We Go podcast: “The situation is that Arsenal [have been] following Szoboszlai [for] years. So, what we [can] say is that Arsenal’s scouting [department] are looking at the player. At the moment, there are no negotiations.

“There are many clubs interested – he was one step away from joining AC Milan last summer. We will see [in] January, we will see next summer, what [Salzburg] will decide to do – because Szoboszlai wants to play in a top league.

“He’s in love with the Premier League, so let’s see what Arsenal will decide. What I’m told is that Arsenal are looking to sign this kind of player.

“They were looking [at Houssem] Aouar, they are now considering the situation of Szoboszlai. So, let’s see what will happen next summer or [in] January, but Arsenal are following the player.”

The Gunners eventually landed Thomas Partey before the transfer window closed, but Szoboszlai is more of a creative midfielder in the mould of Mesut Ozil and he might be the perfect replacement for the German.

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6 Comments

  1. Val says:

    From what I’ve seen of this kid, he’s a real talent and I would prefer him to Aouar, especially with that deal imo dead in the water

  2. Sean says:

    I wonder with his young age, lack of experince and not knowing the English league at all will he get the Saliba treatment of settling in 1st few months before getting on the pitch, though William has had barely any football last 8months and injured before lock down!

    He stats are very good though I dont know the player really well, same with Aouer when his name was mentioned so going to have to go have a nosey at the kid, seems the real deal for 19.

    We need a creative outlet but that wont be purchased until Mesut leaves with his huge wages. Next summer we have 3 or 4 players on big wages off the books so i am sure we will be busy replacing them. Top4 is a must to get the standard of players required to keep moving forward.

  3. Grandad says:

    Before and after we signed Pepe ,I have been banging on about this talented young player who is the real deal.I am, quite frankly amazed he is still with RBS and I do hope Arsenal will move for him before the end of the season.

  4. Wayne says:

    Arsenal must do all they can to buy Szoboszlai in the January transfer window. Although he is only 19yrs.old,he has played 10 international matches for his country and is now playing his second season of champions league football. In the domestic league, he has played more than 80 games over the past seasons.Szoboszlai is the kind of midfielder that Arsenal needs, as he scores goals and provides assist equally. He has good pace and comfortable with the ball on either feet.Also,he good at taking free kicks. Szoboszlai is very skilful and is a great investment for Arsenal, as he is young and costs only 25m euros (23m pounds).But again ,will Arsenal get him ? I am not sure, as I am not convinced by Edu and his negotiations skills.

  5. Grandad says:

    Well said Wayne.I share your concerns with regard to Edu.

    1. patH says:

      Grandad so am I. There seems to be another power shift/grab going on. You may have noticed that Huss Fahmy the contracts lawyer is going and Edu has been “promoted”. I do not know what his actual role will be , it will not be the legal side that’s for sure but it seems he will have a much bigger say in the recruitment of players. Not sure about his record in that area but we will see.

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