Indications have shown that Arsenal has begun planning for the transfer windows in 2021.
Since his appointment as Arsenal manager in December last year, Mikel Arteta has witnessed two transfer windows. The Spaniard has focused mainly on improving his side’s defence, with Cedric Soares, Pablo Mari, and Gabriel Magalhaes all arriving in the calendar year.
He then moved to the midfield, securing the signature of Thomas Partey for £45m from Atletico Madrid on the deadline day.
Football.london reports that Arsenal technical director Edu has two transfer priorities in a bid to complete Arteta’s squad – one is a new striker and a creative midfielder. The Gunners has been linked to Patson Daka, Odsonne Edouard of Red Bull Salzburg and Celtic respectively in the striking role.
It could be recalled that Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar changed his mind the last minutes before deciding to stay in France this summer.
He might not secure a move to the Emirates Stadium later but it has been revealed that he dreams of playing in the Premier League one day.
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Now on the radar of Arsenal is an alternative to Aouar – Dominik Szoboszlai. It was gathered that Arsenal scouts have been tracking the Hungary international since the summer of 2019.
According to Sport Witness, Matyas Esterhazy – the agent of Szoboszlai revealed the 20-year-old will not be an AC Milan despite having been close to an agreement twice, adding that “Arsenal’s interest is real”.
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The media further reported that the Hungarian’s agent held talks with Arsenal regarding a move that could take place next summer.
With a reported release clause of €25m (£22m)in his contract at Salzburg, that makes him more affordable than Aouar. This could be the missing link in Arsenal’s puzzle as the team currently lack a creative genius and Mesut Ozil has been frozen out of the team.
Going for the Hungarian means that Arsenal could save up to £20m as the Lyon midfielder is valued is £45m.
Meanwhile, Arsenal could face strong competition for his signature should his impressive performances – especially in the Champions League – continue.
It is left for the Gunners negotiating team to quickly tie up the deal and properly have a pre-contract in January or reach an agreement with the Austrian club before the summer transfer.
Arsenal could even sign him in January and loan him back to them for the rest of the season to join the team fully next summer.