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Chelsea have already completed £88.5m transfer to help Enzo Maresca seal second summer signing

Benjamin Sesko of RB Leipzig celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and VfL Wolfsburg at Red Bull Arena on April 13, 2024 in Leipzig, Germany.
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"It's happened again, it's happened again." That's what football fans sing when they regularly beat one of their rivals, or simply if one of their rivals 'bottles' something.

Now Chelsea supporters may well be singing it to Arsenal fans when it comes to transfers. Or at least one particular transfer this summer.

Benjamin Sesko looks set to move to the Premier League this summer, having starred for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga last season. The Slovenian frontman bagged 18 goals and two assists in 42 games in all competitions for the German outfit last season - almost a goal involvement every other game.

Arsenal are on the lookout for a new goalscorer, despite having notched 91 in the league this season - second only to champions Manchester City, who scored 96. But those goals were spread around the team, with Bukayo Saka the top scorer on 16, with Kai Havertz (13) and Leandro Trossard not far behind.

An out-and-out striker is hard to come by and they do not come cheap. But given Sesko's just two assists for Leipzig this year, it would appear he is the goalscorer the Gunners are looking for.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Sesko, who has a £55million release clause which is in effect until the end of June. After that, Leipzig could demand more for the 21-year-old.

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Mikel Arteta would like deals done early this summer, but Sesko's involvement in Euro 2024 could hamper any club's chances of completing a transfer for him quickly. Meanwhile, if he goes on to star in the Euros, Leipzig will most definitely crank the price up.

Chelsea have emerged as candidates to sign Sesko in the last few days, with the Blues also in need of attacking reinforcements. New head coach Enzo Maresca will want to get new faces through the door, although the owners will make the final decision on signings. Tosin Adarabioyo is set to be Maresca's first signing, having already completed a medical, and Sesko could be number two.

There is very recent precedent for Chelsea beating their London rivals to a signing, however. You only need to look back to January last year when the Blues completed an £88.5million deal to sign Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

It had looked for all the world that Mudryk would sign for Arsenal, with a huge number of stories written about his potential move to the Emirates Stadium. But as Arsenal haggled over a price, Chelsea swooped to get their man.

It has not exactly worked out, with Mudryk struggling in a Chelsea shirt in his year-and-a-half in west London, but nevertheless, the precedent is there and it could very well be "happening again" to Arsenal in the transfer market.