Manchester United face competition from two other clubs in the race to sign RB Salzburg forward Benjamin Sesko. According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United are aware that they have to act fast in order to bring the Slovenian to Old Trafford, with Chelsea and reportedly Paris Saint-Germain also looking to sign him.
Manchester United Target Benjamin Sesko Courted by Two Other Clubs
Excl: Chelsea had meeting with the agent of Benjamin Šeško last week. Manchester United had more than one direct meeting – and there’s also another club in the race. ⚠️🇸🇰 #Sesko
The decision is up to the player in the next days, as RB Salzburg hope to keep him for one more year. pic.twitter.com/2Bwq2Sd9mm
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 3, 2022
Benjamin Sesko Could Be Cristiano Ronaldo’s Replacement but Would Also Be Useful for Chelsea
With mounting concerns over the future of club legend Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United are keen to bolster their attacking options. The United board have become worried as the side go into the 2022/23 campaign with a weaker squad than the one that finished sixth last time out. The side scored just 57 goals, too – the lowest tally since 2016/17.
Sesko would make a great addition to the Manchester United team. The 19-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best young attackers in the world. And, at 6-foot-4, the Slovenian “wonderkid” is cut from the same cloth as Premier League newcomers Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez.
But the Red Devils will face competition for his signature, with two other clubs rumoured to be interested. The Express reported a meeting between Sesko’s agent and Chelsea owner, Todd Boehly, at the weekend. Chelsea and Manchester United have both had frustrating windows, with long-running transfer sagas and competition from other clubs. But having lost Romelu Lukaku on loan, and with questions over Timo Werner‘s future, Chelsea would benefit from a strong attacking presence.
Sesko averaged a goal every two games over two years on loan at FC Liefering. He’s been less clinical at Salzburg, bagging 13 goals in 41 appearances for the club, across all competitions. But, at just 19, the striker already has almost 100 professional appearances to his name.
In fact, Sesko’s development looks eerily similar to that of Erling Haaland. At the same age, the Norwegian had scored 49 goals in 93 games, compared to Sesko’s 43 in 96. Only time will tell if that trend can continue, but the youngster has enough potential to warrant a big money move.