Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai will likely leave Red Bull Salzburg during the January transfer market, claims his boss Jesse Marsch.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Emirates stadium in recent days with Mikel Arteta’s side viewed him as a potential alternative to Houssem Aouar.
Arsenal are on the lookout for a new creative midfielder after failed to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar in summer transfer window and exiling Mesut Ozil from the squad.
Mikel Arteta’s men are lacking creativity and the ability to move the ball forward, something which was evident in their most recent game as they lost 3-0 against Aston Villa.
Ozil, who is arguably their most productive attacking midfielder, appears unlikely to ever play for the club again after being left out of their Premier League and Europa League squads and with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
As a result, Arsenal transfer chiefs have started looking for a replacement, and have viewed Dominik Szoboszlai as a target.
The Hungarian international has caught the eye of a host of teams from around Europe, with the Gunners believed to be leading the way.
The 20-year-old has an impressive five goals and contributed nine assists from just 13 games in all competitions, having made a promising start to the season.
And RB Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch has conceded that Szoboszlai will likely leave the club during the January transfer window.
He insisted that he didn’t want to hold the playmaker back in his development, and said he wants Szoboszlai to prove his ability elsewhere.
Speaking to Grant Wahl, he explained the youngster’s situation ahead of the January transfer window.
Marsch said: ‘Yes. The reality is that a guy like Dominik Szoboszlai is likely to have many suitors this winter.
‘He’s an incredible talent, and I say this: When you coach young players, you have to love them and love the fact that they’re going to move on and love that they’re going to have big opportunities to prove themselves and show how good they are.
‘If you’re only worried about how it affects your success, then you’re not really going to ever be effective at coaching and leading young people.
‘So with a guy like Dominik, I mean, I want him to show everyone in the world how good he is.
‘So let’s see what happens, but I would be surprised if he winds up staying past winter.
‘We play with teenagers, and of course when they do well a lot of clubs get really excited.’