Arsenal could strike gold this summer with a move for Marcel Sabitzer…
According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), the Gunners are the latest name to be linked to the RB Leipzig dynamo as he enters the final year of his current contract.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder has regularly been linked with Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham, so it could prove to be a significant coup for Edu Gaspar and Mikel Arteta if they can persuade him to move to the Emirates Stadium instead.
Leipzig are fearful of losing him for nothing and have set his asking price at around €17m (£15m), which presents an absolute bargain in the current market.
Arteta is leading a mini-revolution at the Emirates this summer, according to the report, and a signing of Sabitzer’s calibre would certainly be a bold statement of intent after Arsenal failed to qualify for a place in Europe.
Martin Odegaard has returned to Real Madrid, meaning they now lack a creative threat from midfield, a void which the Austria international would solve instantly. Since the start of the 2019/20 season, the Leipzig talisman has bagged 25 goals and provided 18 assists, which is a direct contribution every 151 minutes, as per Transfermarkt.
He’s so much more than that, too, offering leadership as current club captain with his “remarkable” mentality and versatility, having played anywhere along the front three as well as in pretty much every central midfield role, ranging from the no.6 to the no.10.
The £26m-rated talisman could spearhead an exciting attack in which Bukayo Saka is sure to feature more often after a breakthrough year in the Premier League and Europa League in which he delivered seven goals and nine assists across the two competitions.
He and Sabitzer could hold the keys to getting the Gunners back thriving after a dismal campaign, and Edu must look to seal a bargain more for the Austrian this summer.
For just £15m, he’d be crazy not to sign the 27-year-old; and in doing so, the north Londoners would surely hit the jackpot based on the above evidence.