Manchester United tempted to hijack Benjamin Sesko move to RB Leipzig

There was a brief spell of excitement when Manchester United were linked with a move for the unexperienced Benjamin Sesko. He ended up moving from RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig, but the Manchester United links have not gone away.

Sesko has always drawn comparisons with Erling Haaland – and, to be honest, part of that comes down to the fact there is a genuine shortage of top quality centre-forwards out there.

He scored goals on the regular during his time at Salzburg and has managed 16 goals and three assists in 37 appearances across all competitions this season.

It’s important to remember that while Sesko is inexperienced at the top level, he is only 19-years-old, and his next move is already in motion – with him set to join RB Leipzig ahead of next season. The £55 million deal was agreed last year between the two sister clubs.

In turn, Sesko has remained at Salzburg on loan this season to gain even more first team experience before his move to Germany. It should stand him in good stead for the German top flight.

Journalist Graeme Bailey has told TEAMtalk that Sesko is a player who United fans should keep an eye on.

“Sesko is a huge, huge talent at just 19 — I have spoken to a number of scouts, and many clubs truly believe the ceiling for him is staggering,” Bailey said.

“Whilst not calling him the new Haaland, many believe that his level could become that – so don’t be surprised that if some Premier League clubs come calling, Leipzig could double their money without him even playing for them.

“We know both Manchester United and Newcastle have liked him for more than 12 months, and both of those could be tempted.

“Man Utd are obviously in the market for a new number nine, but Newcastle too – there is a real chance I am hearing that Callum Wilson could be moved on this summer, leaving the earth clear for another forward.”

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