Arsenal dealt transfer blow after Real Madrid boss Zidane ‘personally contacts Dominik Szoboszlai’ over January move

Arsenal dealt transfer blow after Real Madrid boss Zidane ‘personally contacts Dominik Szoboszlai’ over January move

REAL MADRID boss Zinedine Zidane has 'personally contacted' RB Salzburg prodigy Dominik Szoboszlai, in a transfer blow to Arsenal.

The Gunners are interested in signing the talented Hungarian attacking midfielder.

But it appears that they'll have to join a queue of would-be suitors.

According to Bild, Zidane, 48, has phoned Szoboszlai in the last few days, paving the way for a potential deal.

The Frenchman wants to sign the 20-year-old as a direct replacement for Isco, with whom is relationship is 'totally fractured'.

In Szoboszlai's homeland, comparisons have already been made with Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas.

And Hungary's latest hope is believed to be considering a January move in order to take the next step in his development.

Arsenal may try and rival Real Madrid for the highly-rated star's signature.

But they won't be the only ones.

Salzburg's sister club RB Leipzig are also in the mix.

And Bild's report claims that talks are at an 'advanced stage'.

Players moving between the two clubs is not unusual, with Naby Keita, Marcel Sabitzer, Dayot Upamecano and Hwang Hee-chan having made the same leap.

Despite his tender years, Szoboszlai possesses ample first-team experience, having made 78 appearances for RB Salzburg, as well as 42 for their second-tier feeder club Liefering.

In this time, he has scored an impressive 41 goals in total, as well as laying on 44 assists.

He has also broken through for his country, so far scoring three goals in 12 caps.

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