Arsenal may be forced into a buy-to-loan deal to win the January race for rising star Dominik Szoboszlai.
The London giants have been closely monitoring the attacking midfielder for two years and have bid for him in previous windows but there is growing competition to prise him from RB Salzburg.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week that RB Leipzig are plotting to beat Arsenal and Szoboszlai’s other main suitors Tottenham to his signature by signing him in the upcoming window and then loaning back to Salzburg for the rest of the season.
Chelsea agreed a similar deal with Borussia Dortmund in January 2019 to finalise an agreement for Christian Pulisic.
A recruitment source has now told Football Insider that Arsenal are set to explore multiple formulas in their Szoboszlai pursuit.
As previously revealed by this site, the Gunners have made multiple bids for the in-demand 20-year-old in the past and have close ties with his camp.
But Leipzig are working to steal a march over their rivals as they look to lure the Hungary international in January.
The German club’s plan is to agree a deal with Salzburg in January and allow the youngster to remain in Austria until next summer.
Arsenal could have to match that to climb back into pole position for a young player in red-hot form.
Szoboszlai, who has been operating in a left-sided midfield role, has netted five times and supplied nine assists from 14 appearances in all competitions this season, including two goals in three Champions League games.
This comes after his stellar 2019-20 campaign yielded 12 goals and 18 assists from 40 appearances.
Szoboszlai has racked up 12 senior Hungary appearances after making his international debut as an 18-year-old in March 2019.