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Arsenal targeting in-demand striker despite increased release clause

Arsenal are increasingly hopeful they could strike a deal with highly-rated striker who is being targeted by several European clubs

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Arsenal are considering a summer transfer for RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko, with the striker’s release clause aligning with Mikel Arteta’s budget for a new forward. 

However, competition from another Premier League club poses a challenge for the Gunners in securing the Slovenian talent.

As Arsenal contends for the Premier League title alongside reigning champions Manchester City, plans are underway to reinforce the squad ahead of the 2024/25 season. Despite leading the league in goals scored, Arteta and sporting director Edu are keen to strengthen the team further, with Sesko emerging as a potential target.

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Newcastle United are reportedly making high demands for Arsenal’s priority target, Alexander Isak and Sesko could be a cheaper alternative to the Swede. The 20-year-old Slovenian’s impressive performances, including 16 Bundesliga goals this season, have made him an attractive option for Arsenal, potentially allowing them to allocate resources to other positions.

While Sesko’s arrival could provide competition for Kai Havertz, who often operates as a false nine, reports suggest that the striker may require persuasion to leave Leipzig, where he’s increasingly tempted to stay.

Arsenal target Benjamin Sesko

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Arsenal face competition from Manchester United and Chelsea, both of whom have monitored Sesko’s performances and could submit formal offers. Despite Sesko’s increased release clause value, believed to be around £55 million, Arsenal are prepared to meet the fee, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

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Jones notes that Leipzig may offload Sesko or Lois Openda at the end of the season, with Sesko considered a more affordable option for Arsenal and Chelsea compared to other striker targets.

“Benjamin Sesko’s release clause is higher now than it was previously,” Jones told GIVEMESPORT. “But it still only stands at around £55million. For the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, that would fit within the parameters of any striker deal they would look to do in the summer.

“He has had a brilliant season and so has fellow forward Lois Openda, so it will be interesting to see if Leipzig can hold onto both of them.

“The likelihood is one leaves, and Sesko still seems affordable even though he will cost more than he did in the winter.”

In addition to pursuing Sesko, Arsenal are open to offers for Gabriel Jesus and Thomas Partey in the summer transfer window. Jesus’s injury woes have frustrated Arsenal, while Partey’s contract situation poses a risk of losing him on a free transfer in 2025.

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