Strengthening our midfield is seemingly a priority this summer, as Milan are reportedly considering a potential move for RB Salzburg youngster Dominik Szoboszlai ahead of next season.
A number of targets have been linked with a switch to join us, with MilanNews.it noting that Sandro Tonali perhaps tops a shortlist which also contains Samuele Ricci, Teun Koopmeiners, Florentino Luis and Szoboszlai.
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Given the level of familiarity with Tonali having seen him in action in Serie A with Brescia and for Italy, coupled with the quality and potential that he possesses, he will arguably be the top choice for many fans.
However, just how good is Szoboszlai and could he be an ideal alternative if a swoop for Tonali fails to materialise?
Big future ahead for Szoboszlai
The 19-year-old came through the youth ranks in his homeland Hungary initially, before moving to Austria in 2017. After spells with AKA Salzburg U18s and FC Liefering, he joined RB Salzburg in 2018.
Since then, he’s scored nine goals and provided 13 assists in 50 appearances for the club, while after featuring from U17 to U21 level for Hungary, he has one goal in eight caps for the senior side all before his 20th birthday.
Most adept to playing on the left side of midfield but also capable of being deployed more centrally, the talented starlet has made a big impression during his time at Salzburg, and it appears as though he’s attracting more and more interest from around Europe as a result.
As noted by Football Italia, via Tuttosport, Inter, Lazio, Liverpool, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund have all been paired with an interest in Szoboszlai, while it’s suggested that he could be valued at around €30m.
However, MilanNews note that the Rossoneri are looking to reduce his price-tag as that could be the main sticking point in any move for him as his wages shouldn’t be a problem given he’ll likely command a relatively low salary at his age. Further, it’s noted that the Hungarian international himself recently addressed interest from Milan and left the door open to a potential move.
“At this moment I can’t say anything about Milan’s interest. If it were to go through, it means that it was destined. The final decision is up to me, but I also have other proposals. I will make the choice I think is best for my career.”
As seen in the video below, Szoboszlai possesses a lot of impressive traits. From his physicality for such a young player to his technical quality, vision and passing ability to his technique when striking the ball from set-pieces or otherwise.
He looks comfortable and composed on the ball and rarely appears rushed due to his ability to find pockets of space, he isn’t afraid to get stuck into a tackle and is prepared to try things to unlock defences to make a decisive impact.
The video also shows some flaws too though that are to be expected with a young player who is still quite raw and has plenty of room for improvement. From his decision-making to his final ball being inch-perfect, the potential is there but there is a lot to work on still.
Further, his versatility to either give us an option on the left side of midfield, particularly if Giacomo Bonaventura is set to leave when his contract expires this summer, as well as an ability to perhaps partner Ismael Bennacer in a more central role and be a driving force from midfield who can spread play well and dictate possession, it’s easy to see why Milan would be interested.
Time will tell if the pieces fall into place for a move to materialise this summer, but Szoboszlai is certainly one to keep an eye on and if Tonali isn’t a viable option, the Hungarian starlet could emerge as a more serious target along with the likes of Ricci, Koopmeiners and Florentino.