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Arsenal ‘open Dominik Szoboszlai transfer talks’ in bid to increase creativity

Arsenal have "opened talks" with RB Salzburg over a deal for Dominik Szoboszlai, it's been claimed.

The Hungarian midfielder has caught the eye of several clubs in Europe with a number of impressive performances for the Austrian outfit.

Premier League big boys Arsenal are one of the clubs interested in snapping up the 20-year-old, whom they view to be a cheaper alternative to Olympique Lyonnais' Houssem Aouar.

And according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, the north Londoners have already made overtures to sign the attacking midfielder.

It's claimed Szoboszlai – who booked Hugary's ticket to the Euro 2020 Finals with a late winner in their play-off with Israel last week – could leave the Red Bull for a meagre £22.3million.

Arsenal will reportedly have to fend off interest from Italian giants AC Milan for Szoboszlai's signature.

Defending Spanish champions Real Madrid are also said to be interested in signing the former Liefering ace, who has scored 22 goals in 74 appearances since joining the Austrian champions in 2018.

And the forward's agent – Esterhazy Matyas – believes his client is ready to make the move to one of Europe's elite clubs.

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  1. Manchester United (Adidas) – £75m-a-season
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"Whether it's in January or next summer, the most important thing is that he goes to a club where he will have a good chance of playing regularly and continuing the learning curve he started in Salzburg – that's the most important thing for us," Matyas told DIGI Sport's Sport 24.

"Obviously, it's no secret that Dominik is closer now to leaving the Austrian league."

Hungary boss Marco Rossi agrees with Matyas' sentiment but reckons Szoboszlai will end up plying his trade in Germany.

"I’ve never talked to him about Napoli but he reads and inquires," Rossi CalcioNapoli24 TV. "I wouldn’t mind if he moved to Napoli in Italy as, living in Pozzuoli, I would be able to see him more often.

"But my feeling is that he is more likely to end up in Germany: he is ready to make the leap, going to the Bundesliga where there’s a faster pace.

"The Austrian football of Salzburg is similar to that of the Bundesliga and a move to Italy would involve changes and periods of adaptation from a tactical point of view."

Szoboszlai and his Salzburg team-mates will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, welcoming Sturm Graz to the Red Bull Arena.

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