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Report: Bayern Munich and Real Madrid ramp up interest in Red Bull Salzburg phenom Dominik Szoboszlai for winter signing

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Red Bull Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai is drawing interest from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

RB Salzburg v FC Bayern Muenchen: Group A - UEFA Champions League Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Per a report from Transfermarkt (Italian version), Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are both ramping up their interest in Red Bull Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai:

By the end of the year Dominik Szoboszlai will take the tollbooth to his next destination. And among those places could be Madrid and Munich. Recently, Real and Bayern asked Salzburg for an update on the situation of the Hungarian midfielder, on whose tracks Milan, Arsenal and especially RB Leipzig continue to follow. A clear manifestation of interest for a young man who is pushing his way well beyond the borders of the (Austrian) Bundesliga.

The primary factor for Bayern Munich and Real Madrid’s enhanced interest is the low price tag on such a tantalizing talent:

The knot to untie is not so much with the 25 million release clause, which is certainly not prohibitive for the clubs mentioned above, but the representatives of the 20-year-old from Budapest are only attracted by a top league if he has assurances on playing time.

Any type of playing time demand is potentially the only issue that would prevent Bayern Munich or Real Madrid from swooping in on Szoboszlai over clubs like Leipzig or AC Milan, who could both offer an immediate pathway for field time.

Tz also captured the report and added this nugget:

Szoboszlai’s preferred position is the left winger.

While many have speculated that Szoboszlai could be a potential successor to eventually take over for Thomas Muller in a central role if he moved to Munich, the Hungarian might actually prefer a role out-wide.

No doubt, one major factor that is probably driving some of the increased attention from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid is the fact that both clubs missed on the opportunity to purchase Erling Haaland last season for just €20 million from Salzburg. Haaland, of course, is viewed as the top young striker in the world by many and looks every bit of being a generational player. In addition, Haaland is also now valued at €100 million per Transfermarkt.

Not a bad investment for Borussia Dortmund, eh?

Whatever the case, it will be interesting to see if the Champions League status of either Salzburg or Leipzig comes into play when Szoboszlai decides to move on or stay this winter. With both clubs on the bubble of making the next round of the UCL, the youngster is reportedly also weighing that as a factor on where he plays for the remainder of the 2020/2021 season.