Chelsea enter race for Man Utd target Benjamin Sesko

Karan Tejwani
Karan Tejwani 1 Aug 2022 14:44 BST 3 min read
Benjamin Sesko in action for Red Bull Salzburg

Chelsea are now in the race for Red Bull Salzburg’s bright young forward Benjamin Sesko, having been in contact with his agent recently.

The Slovenian is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs – including Manchester United – for his impressive performances for the Austrian champions recently.

Those rumours were intensified by a great display against Liverpool in a friendly when he scored a goal and his overall forward play was well-revered.

The player’s agent, Elvis Basanovic, met with Chelsea’s new owner Todd Boehly on Saturday, 31 July, and it’s possible they discussed Sesko’s future.

Although Basanovic didn’t confirm the meeting, nor talks about Sesko’s future, it’s apparent that it may have been the topic of discussion as his future has come under the radar in recent times.

Sesko touted for bright future

Earlier in the window, it was confirmed that Manchester United met with Sesko’s representatives over a possible move for the player in the near future.

It’s reported that Red Bull Salzburg wanted a fee of around €50 million for the forward, and that has put off interest from Manchester United.

The 19-year-old joined Salzburg in 2019 from Slovenian club Domzale, and has been growing since, playing for their feeder team, FC Liefering in the second division.

He scored 21 goals in 29 appearances for Liefering in the second division in the 2020-21 season, and has been with the Salzburg seniors since, playing alongside Karim Adeyemi after Patson Daka’s departure.

Salzburg have a great record of working with attacking players having developed the likes of Sadio Mane, Erling Haaland, Adeyemi and Daka in recent times.

It’s believed that Sesko can be the next from their incredible production line, and he has the numbers to back up his success, having netted 13 goals in seven matches at the back end of last season.

Should he remain at Salzburg this year, he will lead the line as they prepare to go far in the Champions League once again having got to the knockout rounds last season.

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