With the January transfer window now just a month away, David Ornstein has assessed Arsenal’s potential pursuit of Dominik Szoboszlai.
The rumours of a potential Arsenal move for Dominik Szoboszlai have been growing in the last few months. They’ve reportedly opened talks with his camp, with Fabrizio Romano and the player’s agent putting the Gunners in the race.
David Ornstein spoke on the topic in the most recent edition of The Ornstein & Chapman Podcast, confirming the Arsenal interest in the player but insisting there’s still competition and some reservations about the signing.
“Certainly, I think they’re quite keen to look at release clauses,” Ornstein said on the podcast. “A lot has been spoken about Dominik Szoboszlai…of Salzburg, but Arsenal won’t be the only team in the mix for him.
“There is admiration there, but…there are some reservations too. He’s very young and raw and they need to be absolutely convinced. Although, that release clause, from what I seem to recall €25m, seems incredibly low for a player of his talent and future potential.”
As for whether Arsenal might look to do the deal in January, Ornstein explains that the club planned to add a creative midfielder next summer, but they could bring that forward if an opportunity presents itself.
“I’ve spoken before how their longer-term plans, which are kind of geared around the summer of 2021, are on that creative player – a kind of number 10,” Ornstein continued.
“We know that Mesut Özil will be at the end of his contract, and so heading out of the Emirates Stadium.
“They may look to escalate some of that to January if the right opportunities are there.”
The Athletic previously wrote that Arsenal owners KSE are prepared to make further investments in the team, with Szoboszlai under discussion with the hierarchy and technical staff. But it’s certainly not a sure thing at this stage.