Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai as Matteo Guendouzi’s replacement

Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai is on Arsenal's summer shortlist
Dominik Szoboszlai is on Arsenal’s summer shortlist (Getty Images)

Arsenal are targeting Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai as a potential replacement for Matteo Guendouzi, according to reports.

Mikel Arteta is keen to revamp his midfield options in the summer transfer window and the Gunners have already held talks with Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.

Reports claim that Partey is keen on joining Arsenal, but the Gunners are looking to negotiate a lower transfer fee than his €50 million (£43m) release clause.

According to The Times, Arteta is open to selling Guendouzi and also Lucas Torreira, with Partey and Szoboszlai being signed as replacements.

The 19-year-old has been in excellent form for Red Bull Salzburg this season with 11 goals and 17 assists in 39 appearances.

Szoboszlai, who has already played eight games for Hungary’s national team, can play either in a central or a left-sided attacking midfield role.

Dominik Szoboszlai has been in excellent form for RB Salzburg this season
Dominik Szoboszlai has been in excellent form for RB Salzburg this season (Getty Images)

The report also claims that Arteta will be reliant on free transfer and loan deals this summer unless he can generate his own transfer budget by selling players.

Speaking this week, Arteta revealed that Arsenal’s finishing place in the Premier League will have a major impact on the club’s transfer plans this summer.

‘I have a very clear plan and the specificity of the players and squad balance that we need to compete with the rest of the top teams in the country,’ said the Arsenal manager.

‘We don’t know how the market is going to be. Obviously, we are putting different plans together to see what we’ll be able to do.

‘At the moment, the uncertainty is still big, the way we’re going to finish the season will dictate a lot of things financially as well.

‘We have to be a bit patient and see what happens.’

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