“He told me Arsenal is his choice and the only PL club he wants to join. Not even Pep Guardiola can stop him”- Former Chelsea striker Timo Werner revealed Arsenal have held internal talks over a move for his 6ft 4in teammate- £43M bid has been accepted and player is only waiting to join Arsenal by next month
In the upcoming January 2024 transfer window, Arsenal has reportedly set its sights on securing the services of the highly regarded 20-year-old RB Leipzig striker, Benjamin Sesko, according to information from Football Transfers. The young Slovenian international has been gaining attention across Europe for his exceptional talent, showcasing his prowess on the field even with limited playing time in the current season.
Despite finding himself playing second fiddle to Lois Openda in RB Leipzig’s attacking hierarchy, Sesko has demonstrated his goal-scoring abilities, netting an impressive six goals in just 15 appearances—most of which were as a substitute.
Sesko’s journey to RB Leipzig involved a noteworthy move from its sister club in Austria, Salzburg, amid substantial interest from English Premier League giants like Manchester United and Chelsea. Now, the Gunners have entered the race for Sesko, with reports indicating that the club has identified the towering 6ft 4in striker as a prime target for the upcoming transfer window.
According to FootballTransfers, internal discussions within Arsenal’s management have centered around the prospect of acquiring Sesko to strengthen their title aspirations with an additional center-forward. While Mikel Arteta’s preferred choices in the striking role remain Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney, the financial implications may drive Arsenal towards the more economically viable option of Sesko, who is under contract with Leipzig until 2028.
Arteta has evidently been closely monitoring Sesko’s development over the past year and is impressed with the player’s blend of physical prowess, technical finesse, and clinical finishing—a combination reminiscent of a young Edin Dzeko.
However, any potential move for Sesko hinges on RB Leipzig’s willingness to part ways with the promising talent. It has been reported that the German club may consider a transfer only if they can secure a profit on the £20.7 million they initially paid Salzburg for Sesko. Speculations from a previous TEAMtalk report suggest that Leipzig could be seeking around £43 million (€50 million) to greenlight the striker’s departure.
Arsenal’s pursuit of a reliable goalscorer stems from the inconsistent performances of Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah in the striker position. Jesus has only managed to find the net once in the league this season, while Nketiah’s goal tally stands at five, with three of those goals coming in a single game against Sheffield United.
Considering alternative options, Arteta had initially contemplated moves for Ivan Toney and Victor Osimhen. However, various factors, including Toney’s return from an eight-month ban and Osimhen’s AFCON commitments with Nigeria in January, have potentially derailed those pursuits. Moreover, the substantial valuation of both players could make these transfers financially prohibitive for the North London club.
In contrast, Sesko represents a younger and potentially more cost-effective solution for Arsenal. As the January transfer window approaches, all eyes will be on whether Arsenal can successfully secure the services of this burgeoning talent, adding a promising dimension to their attacking arsenal.