Arsenal are keeping close tabs on RB Leipzig striker Benjamin Sesko, according to Bild reporter Christian Falk.
Speaking to CaughtOffside.com, the journalist said that Serie A side AC Milan have already tabled an offer for the Slovenian international. However, he claims Gunners may end up entering the race for the player’s signature too as he has a release clause that can be triggered in the summer:
“Benjamin Sesko (20) came in the summer for €24m to Leipzig. AC Milan is currently offering €40m. Arsenal are also watching the attacker. He has an exit clause of €50m (contract until 2028).”
Sesko has been linked with the Gunners in the past but the existence of the €50m (£43m) buyout fee may make him an even more attractive target.
How does Sesko compare to other strikers that Arsenal are interested in?
The 20-year-old has scored 8 goals in 25 appearances for Leipzig this season, which is a rather modest return, especially when you look at potential alternatives that Mikel Arteta’s side could pursue.
Napoli’s Victor Osimhen may have only scored 8 goals himself since the beginning of the campaign, but he hit the back of the net 31 times last year. Brentford’s Ivan Toney has recently returned from suspension but he is a proven Premier League striker, having reached 21 goals in all competitions last season.
There will be competition for Sesko
At the moment, it appears the Gunners are merely tracking the Slovenian and it remains to be seen if they will step up their interest. However, there are other clubs involved.
In addition to Milan, both Chelsea and Manchester United have also been mentioned as potential suitors over the past twelve months.
With the release clause in place, it means any team could choose to match the amount and snap up Sesko, so Arsenal do have a task on their hands if they want to win the race for the forward.