Benjamin Sesko has emerged as one of Europe’s most talented young attackers and the Slovenian is now catching the eye of Arsenal after he snubbed a move to Manchester United.
The Mirror reported that Sesko rejected interest from Man United last summer and instead joined RB Leipzig. The 20-year-old spent one last season in Austria with RB Salzburg where he scored 18 goals in 41 appearances before finalising the move to Leipzig in July 2023.
So far this season the young attacker has made 13 appearances for Leipzig where he has scored six goals. He came off the bench in a Champions League group stage game against Manchester City last month and scored in Leipzig’s 3-1 victory over Young Boys on matchday one of the group stages.
Despite his move to Leipzig being so recent, he is attracting interest from elsewhere. Arsenal is understood to have sent scouts to watch him in the German top tier. The Gunners are monitoring Sesko ahead of a potential move as he continues to be compared with City marksman and Ballon d’Or runner-up Erling Haaland.
It is reported that Leipzig value Sesko at just £40 million. AC Milan are said to also be interested but Arsenal are confident they can win any race to secure the services of the attacker. Sesko has also scored nine goals in 24 appearances so far for his national side, Slovenia, where he made his senior debut back in 2021.
Mikel Arteta could be tempted to add another striker to his squad despite Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus proving their worth. Nketiah scored an impressive hat-trick in the 5-0 victory over Sheffield United, meanwhile, Jesus was the star of the show in the Gunners’ victory over Sevilla where he won Player of the Match, scored, and assisted.
The Gunners have been widely linked with a move for Brentford marksman Ivan Toney after his eight-month ban comes to an end in January. Since his move to Brentford in the summer of 2020, he has scored 68 goals in 124 appearances. Last season he managed to find the net 20 times in the Premier League. Toney has been tipped to leave the Bees with Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham all interested.
When asked about a potential move for a striker, Arteta appeared to rule out the idea of adding another forward to the Arsenal ranks in January. He said, “We believe in the player that we have first of all, because we have the resources that we have secondly, and at the moment we feel we are covering that position.”
With Sesko now entering the conversation, Arsenal may change their mind on adding an attacker to their squad. Seskso’s agent Elvis Basanovic confirmed earlier this week that he had previously spoken to Milan over a potential move.
“I can confirm that I spoke with Milan in the past about Sesko when Maldini was there. However, at that moment a transfer wasn’t possible, it was not the right time,” Basnovic said, via the Milan Eye. “You never know in the future; Milan is a big club. Sesko feels very good now at Leipzig where he continues to grow.”