“Here we go!” Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the Benjamin Sesko move to RB Leipzig, ending Manchester United‘s pursuit of the Slovenian forward. Find out more about what Sesko brings to Leipzig and how the move came about.
Benjamin Sesko to Join RB Leipzig
Benjamin Šeško to RB Leipzig, here we go and confirmed! Done deal as anticipated on Monday, now it’s also signed between clubs. Šeško will join in 2023 – stays at Salzburg this year. 🚨⚪️🔴 #RBLeipzig
Agreement with Šeško and his agent Elvis Basanovic – contract until June 2028. pic.twitter.com/RU0ZN8yYY5
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 9, 2022
Why RB Leipzig?
RB Leipzig is one of the most obvious moves for anyone playing at RB Salzburg, and this trend continued with Sesko’s switch. The two teams are a part of the same network of clubs, along with the New York Red Bulls, and transitions between the two European outfits are common.
Players following this very trajectory include Dominic Szoboszlai, Dayot Upamecano and Naby Keita. For the Slovenian youngster, the move to the Bundesliga is a great step forwards that follows the path of incredible talent.
What Did the Deal Cost?
As the two Red Bull sides are part of the same network, Leipzig pay less for Salzburg’s talent than their European rivals do. The price of this deal is approximately £20 million – a bargain price for someone of Sesko’s potential. The weekly wage of the player is unknown, but likely to be less than that of the returning Timo Werner.
Excl: RB Leipzig are closing on deal to sign Benjamin Šeško for summer 2023! RB Salzburg have rejected the proposal for this summer, Šeško is happy to stay for one more year. 🚨⚪️🔴 #transfers
Leipzig are now closing on deal for Šeško to join in 2023, could be done this week. pic.twitter.com/SVMPezPVV8
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 8, 2022
What Does This Mean for the Market?
For the European market, this means that there is one less promising striker available. With the likes of the Red Devils and Chelsea looking for a forward to bolster the squad in this window, the relative dearth of centre forwards could drive up prices even further.
Following a lacklustre opening weekend for the Manchester side, a centre-forward is one of the most important potential additions. As the summer goes on and more talented players move to top sides, Champions League clubs such as the Blues and Erik ten Hag’s side will find themselves struggling to find value in the dying days of the window.