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Benjamin Sesko to Arsenal transfer - £55m bid, release clause, new timeline, Chelsea hijack

RB Leipzig forward Benjamin Sesko
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RB Leizpig star Benjamin Sesko looks destined for a summer transfer to Arsenal. The Gunners are on the hunt for a new striker ahead of the 2024/25 season while Sesko is being tipped for a departure from German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.

Alexander Isak and Joshua Zirkzee have been some of the other forwards linked to an Emirates Stadium switch but Sesko joining is now starting to look the most likely. Interest from Chelsea and Manchester United in the 21-year-old could play a role in deciding Sesko's future, however new updates suggest Arsenal are the favourites for his signature.

The Slovenia international has only been at Leipzig for one season but the €65million (£55million) release clause in his current contract makes it hard to imagine he stays for another campaign. With all of that being said, football.london has taken a look at all the updates surrounding Sesko and a potential transfer to Arsenal.

Chelsea interest continues

The Secret Scout says that Chelsea are still not out of the race and says both Arsenal and the Blues are 'pushing for sure.' It is reported that Chelsea in particular have sounded out his representatives for initial talks over a possible deal.

Priority target

David Ornstein suggests that Arsenal have Sesko as one of their priorities for the summer. "I’ve spoken before about how highly Arsenal think of him," he told the Athletic. "He’s pretty much top, or very prominent on their list of candidates. Things aren’t actually happening with him just yet, there are lots of conversations.”

Timeline explained

Fabrizio Romano says that Sesko is not rushing a decision over his future. The player is described as 'taking some more days' to weigh up the options.

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He says: "There's still new contract proposal from RB Leipzig on the table. Meanwhile, Šeško said no to €30m net salary from Saudi. Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea have all approached Šeško since March/April."

Romano also told his Youtube channel: “Now, Sesko has to decide whether he wants to stay at Leipizg and extend his contract or leave and probably go to the Premier League. So, first step has to be this one. Then, which clubs? They all remian in the race, nothing has been decided yet, I can guarantee about that.

“Sesko is still taking his time to decide between Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. These three clubs are in the race, everything is still open, Sesko has not accepted anything yet. He has all the projects in front of him, so it’s up to Benjamin Sesko basically to decide what he wants to do.”

£45m offer prepared

According to a report by the Mirror, Arsenal currently value Sesko at £45million despite his release clause suggesting otherwise.

Leipzig are expected to demand that fee is paid in full but the Gunners could find a way of avoiding that and still winning the transfer battle for his services.

Sesko stance

Of all the clubs interested in Sesko, the player himself wants to sign for Arsenal, as per the Mirror. Arteta will undoubtedly be pleased by that update with the Gunners boss often not interested in players that do not clearly want the move.

Arteta priority

Prior to Sesko's stance being made clear, another report from The Mirror emerged that revealed Sesko is Arteta's No.1 attacking transfer target. Ajax's Brian Bobbey was mentioned as a potential alternative but that now looks unlikely.

Ivan Toney and Evan Ferguson have both been on the club's radar, while interest in Newcastle's Isak has cooled.

Chelsea decision

Interest in Sesko from the other side of London is also prominent with Chelsea eyeing up a summer deal.

Napoli star Victor Osimhen has been linked to the Blues but they have now made the decision he will not be a target with no talks or negotiations ongoing which may suggest Sesko is their top priority.

Contract extension

Amid all the interest from the Premier League, Leipzig are keen to tie down Sesko to a new contract.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the German club have made contact with Sesko’s agent in recent days to offer new lucrative deal.