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Benjamin Sesko makes drastic decision as Arsenal and Chelsea wait on final transfer answer

Benjamin Sesko of Slovenia reacts during the international friendly match between Slovenia and Armenia at Stadion Stozice on June 4, 2024 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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Benjamin Sesko has already made his first big decision of the summer, with another likely to arrive in July. The RB Leipzig striker is of interest to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, with it appearing likely he will depart Germany ahead of the 2024/25 season.

Leipzig are understandably not keen on allowing Sesko to leave and have already presented new contract terms to the 21-year-old. The €65million (£55m) release clause in his current deal would make any transfer rather clear-cut, however three clubs entering a bidding war could change that.

With several approaches on the table, as per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Sesko is yet to make a final decision, which would suggest that he will arrive following Euro 2024. If he chooses to move on, Leipzig will be hoping his performances for Slovenia over the next few weeks can increase his asking price.

The former RB Salzburg star is set to come up against England's Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka and Cole Palmer, all of whom could try and convince him of a transfer to Arsenal or Chelsea, respectively. Mikel Arteta and new Blues head coach Enzo Maresca both want to sign a new striker this summer, with Sesko seemingly at the top of their lists.

Man United, who have tracked the young striker for some time, are also still in the conversation despite the addition of Rasmus Hojlund last summer. With that in mind, Sesko's decision will certainly be a potentially career-defining one, and he has already made a big change, which has seen him shave his head and dye what's left blonde.

Sesko showed off his new look on arrival at Stadion Stozice for his country's Tuesday evening friendly against Albania. Though he did not feature in the clash, his nation picked up a 2-1 victory, with former Atalanta star Josip Ilicic netting the winner.

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Alternatives to Sesko for both London clubs include Napoli star Victor Osimhen and Newcastle's Alexander Isak, however both appear far too expensive, especially with Sesko available at under half the price.