Arsenal to copy Chelsea transfer tactic to seal Dominik Szoboszlai deal in January

Arsenal are set to employ a transfer tactic used by Chelsea in the past in order to sign top target Dominik Szoboszlai during the January window, according to reports.

Szoboszlai is believed to be Arsenal’s top target ahead of the winter transfer window.

The playmaker, currently at RB Salzburg, is viewed as a potential solution to Arsenal’s creativity crisis.

With Mesut Ozil exiled from the squad entirely and with no return in sight, the Gunners have struggled with moving the ball from the midfield to attack.

They failed to sign Houssem Aouar this summer after Lyon refused to lower their asking price for the playmaker, and now appear to be ready to launch a bid for Szoboszlai.

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The Hungarian is expected to leave Salzburg before too long, with head coach Jesse Marsch even admitting he is expecting the player to be sold in January.

But according to reports, the Gunners could agree a deal whereby they sign him in January but don’t get him until next summer.

Football Insider claims Arsenal could be prepared to agree a deal with Salzburg in the January transfer window – but allow him to stay in Austria for the rest of the season.

That tactic was used by Chelsea when they signed Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.

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The Blues forked out £58million for the winger, but allowed him to stay in the Bundesliga until the end of the season so as to not disrupt Dortmund’s campaign.

And Arsenal could do the same thing with Szoboszlai.

RB Leipzig are reportedly ready to launch a bid of their own to sign the Austrian, and could have the upper hand due to the connection between the two clubs. Both are owned by Red Bull, and have a history of transferring players between the two.

Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund admitted this week that he believes there is every chance Szoboszlai will be moved on in the winter window.

He said: “Of course you would like to have the player in the club as long as possible.

“On the other hand, it is also healthy if he takes the next step at the right time.

“Let’s see what happens in winter, but there is a high probability that he will move to a big club.

“That is definitely a next step in development so that he can tap this potential and this performance with every game.

“I’m convinced that he can become one of the most interesting midfielders in Europe in the next few years.”

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