Arsenal hope for early Benjamin Sesko deal as Mikel Arteta targets Euro 2024 timeline

Benjamin Sesko is a key target for Arsenal this summer.
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Arsenal want to continue their Premier League title challenge momentum with some early business. The European Championships kick-off in just under two week’s time giving sporting director Edu little time to make good on their ambitions.

Having finished second in the table, only two points off Manchester City, Mikel Arteta is getting closer and closer to the ultimate goal. However, without any matches to play, there is a conscious feeling about the mood dropping ahead of the new season but thankfully the summer transfer window offers the opportunity to remedy that.

There are, however, some obstacles that the Gunners face in realising their early summer goal. Profit and Sustainability rules mean that plenty of clubs will be conscious of whether they do any business before July but understands that the club are complying well with the restrictions, giving scope for some business before next month.

Deals can of course be agreed in principle to help sides comply with the regulations. Arsenal know that the release clause for Benjamin Sesko, their priority centre-forward target this summer, will expire at the end of this month anyway so landing the Slovenian for the £55.6million price that RB Leipzig will demand can be done to ward off potential competition too.

However, discussions with the player need to be successful before proceeding with the transfer. Release clauses do not force players to move and while Sesko’s reported favouritism toward the Gunners exists, there remains plenty of work in the deal to do.

Mikel Arteta is also keen on the players having the utmost desire to join Arsenal and assessing Sesko’s off-field traits will also be factoring in with any potential decisions. The Spaniard will have the final say on any moves and always looks to speak to potential arrivals before signing off on moves.

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Sesko has plenty of potential and has measured up well in our statistical comparisons to the likes of Alexander Isak and Victor Osimhen. There is little doubt that he will add quality to this Arsenal side and at just 21 years of age has the potential to push the existing options.

Arsenal still have Kai Havertz, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Jesus and Leandro Trossard who have all featured as centre-forwards under Arteta. Nketiah could leave, though, and replacing him with Sesko would represent a considerable improvement in the depth of options in the role.

When the chances of upgrading on starters in the side this summer are very challenging, ensuring that the floor is brought closer to the ceiling in terms of quality is key. It is done to ensure greater competitiveness and to be able to do these deals early also builds positivity and confidence from the fan base in the summer’s plans.