Arsenal want to meet Dominik Szoboszlai’s release clause in three yearly instalments, rather than an upfront sum, according to a report.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - NOVEMBER 15: Dominik Szoboszlai of Hungary looks on during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Hungary and Serbia at Puskas Arena on November 15, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: Dominik Szoboszlai of Hungary looks on during the UEFA Nations League group stage match on November 15, 2020. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)

The Mirror report that the Arsenal hierarchy are hoping to sign Dominik Szoboszlai by paying his release clause in three yearly instalments. The outlet claims the clause is around £23m in total.

Arsenal aren’t the only club considering a move for Szoboszlai, with the same report suggesting RB Leipzig, Real Madrid and AC Milan are all monitoring the situation.

It’s worth mentioning that previous reports suggest RB Salzburg are totally open to receiving the release clause in instalments anyway. Reports in Italy over the summer suggested the Austrian club were willing to accept the clause in three separate payments.

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Funnily enough, back then it was the Mirror reporting differently. They claimed he had a £25m valuation rather than a release clause. So this report seems like they’re just catching up to what the rest were already saying.

Obviously, if it’s possible, Arsenal will want to pay in instalments. Offering £8-10m upfront with the rest in years to come is ideal given the current worldwide financial situation.

There are certainly growing signs of Arsenal interest in the player. They’ve reportedly opened talks with his camp, with Fabrizio Romano and the player’s agent putting the Gunners in the race.

The Athletic write that Arsenal’s owners (KSE) are prepared to make further investments in the team, with Szoboszlai under discussion with the hierarchy and technical staff. There’s just over a month to go until the January window kicks everything off.

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