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Arsenal dealt transfer blow as Hungary boss makes Szoboszlai January prediction

Dominik Szoboszlai has been backed for a move to RB Leipzig by his national manager Marco Rossi.

The Hungarian has shone at Red Bull Salzburg and is being monitored by a host of top clubs.

Arsenal are one of those who are regularly linked with the midfielder but Tottenham, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid are also credited with interest.

Rossi though reckons Szoboszlai will make an internal switch and join Salzburg’s sister club.

“I believe Szoboszlai on January will move to Leipzig,” he told Beinsport.

The 20-year-old has been in excellent form for the Austrian side and has been able to showcase his talents on the Champions League stage in recent seasons.

Dominik Szoboszlai is a man in demand

In 79 outings for Salzburg he has scored 25 times.

Arsenal were linked with several creative midfielder last summer but failed to sign any of their targets.

It had led to their interest in Szoboszlai with a January move touted.

Real Madrid were also believed to be considering a midseason swoop with reports in Spain claiming Zinedine Zidane had been in contact with the player.

Salzburg’s sporting director Christoph Freund conceded last month that he expected Szoboszlai to join a “big club”.

“Of course you would like to have the player in the club as long as possible,” he told Sky Sport Austria.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - NOVEMBER 15: Dominik Szoboszlai of Hungary gestures 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)
The midfielder’s national boss reckons he’ll head to Germany

“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.”

Reports have also claimed that Leipzig were upset that they missed out on Erling Haaland, who swapped Salzburg for Borussia Dortmund.

There are not expected to miss out on a second target in the space of 12 months and the close ties between the two clubs should make for swift negotiations.

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