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Milan move ahead of Arsenal as they are now ready to pay €50M for this 20Y/O striker: Should Arteta match the offer?

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Arsenal have been keeping tabs on Benjamin Sesko for several months but it looks like AC Milan have setting the ball rolling in terms of signing him.

AC Milan are in search of a new striker and as per reports, the Serie A side have met with the player’s representatives and are now going to make an offer of €50 million to RB Leipzig. RB Leipzig had paid around €24 million to sign Sesko from sister club RB Salzburg in 2023 and his contract runs until 2028 so the Bundesliga side are in no hurry to cash in on him.

The 20-year-old has had a very strong first season in Germany and in 30 Bundesliga games, the youngster has scored 13 times. While Arsenal are keeping tabs on several centre-forward candidates, Sporting’s Viktor Gyokeres and Benjamin Sesko are at the top of their wishlist.

Gyokeres’ release clause is €100 million but if Arsenal can bring in around €60-65 million from Jesus and Nketiah’s sale then it’s very much possible that Mikel Arteta will ask the club’s hierarchy to sign both Gyokeres as well as Benjamin Sesko. However, it remains to be seen what Sesko feels about playing as the backup striker and not as the main man next season.

There are also rumours that no matter how much the Gunners bring in from striker sales, they want to sign two strikers in the summer and one of them might be Sesko because the club’s management feels he is one for the future. If this is the case then Milan’s offer will force the Gunners to sit up and take notice.

Having said that, we don’t think AC Milan’s bid is going to be accepted by RB Leipzig because his current value is €40 million and he still has four years left in his deal so there’s no need for the German side to accept €50 million.

Secondly, there is supposedly a release clause in Sesko’s contract which is between €50-75 million. While the exact number is not known, Sky Journalist Philipp Hinze(as relayed by Team Talk) has revealed that the release clause also has a performance element which could increase the price by as much as €15 million, making it reach the €75 million mark.

If the release clause is actually closer to €70 million then Milan’s offer will be rejected very swiftly and Arsenal will remain in the hunt for Benjamin Sesko.

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