Arsenal suffer big setback in pursuit of Red Bull Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai

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Arsenal have suffered a significant blow in their attempts to sign Dominik Szoboszlai as RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has confirmed the Bundesliga club’s interest in the midfielder. Szoboszlai has starred for Red Bull Salzburg this term and the Gunners have been linked with a January move for the 20-year-old. 

The Hungary international’s contract contains a reported £22.6 million release clause, although there are several conditions that must be met in order for that to be valid in January. 

The full sum must be paid within two weeks of the clause being triggered and a 20% sell-on mechanism is also mandatory in any deal, according to The Athletic.   

That wouldn’t be such an issue for Leipzig – who are part of the Red Bull stable of clubs – and reports in Germany earlier this week claimed the Bundesliga side are leading the race to sign Szoboszlai when the transfer window opens. 

And Mintzlaff has admitted the German side are interested in the Hungarian star. 

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“He is someone we find very interesting,” Mintzlaff told Sky Sport Germany. “I can say that we are concerned with him.”

Mintzlaff was then asked if a deal was likely in January, to which he remained tight-lipped. 

He replied: “You can look into a crystal ball and know more than I do. We are not the only clubs who are interested.”

Arsenal have been linked with a number of midfielders, including Szoboszlai, since the summer transfer window closed.

The Gunners did sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid in October but the Ghana international has struggled with injuries and isn’t the creative fulcrum Mikel Arteta requires. 

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