Arsenal send scouts to monitor Benjamin Sesko with Man Utd to miss out

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Arsenal are reportedly monitoring the progress of RB Leipzig star Benjamin Sesko as they look to bolster their forward ranks in the January transfer window. Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with the striker previously but they may be forced to turn their attention to alternatives.

The Gunners have made a flying start to the season and showcased that they will, once again, challenge for the Premier League title. Mikel Arteta’s side sit in second place in the table, just two points behind league-leaders Tottenham.

Arsenal have reaped the benefits of adding depth to their squad in January, with the additions of Jurrien Timber, Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and David Raya providing cover and increased competition across the team. However, Arteta opted not to sign a forward ahead of the start of the campaign, confident that Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah and Leandro Trossard would suffice in the short-term.

The Gunners are now looking to bring in a striker in January to aid their title charge, with Brentford star Ivan Toney and Feyenoord’s Santi Gimenez among those admired. According to the Daily Star, Leipzig’s Sesko is also being considered by Arsenal following his strong start to the season.

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The 20-year-old has hit the ground running in the Bundesliga with three goals in seven appearances, drawing comparisons to Manchester City star Erling Haaland as a result.

Arsenal are said to have sent scouts to watch Sesko since the start of the season and are continuing to monitor his progress closely in the hope of luring him away from Leipzig just six months after he joined the club.

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The Slovenia international opted to head to the Red Bull Arena over the summer rather than joining United, though Erik ten Hag’s side remain in the market for a striker and it would be no surprise if the Old Trafford outfit reignited their interest in Sesko as a result.

AC Milan are also interested in the ex-RB Salzburg star, though Arsenal are ‘confident’ that they can win the race to sign the striker if they decide to table a concrete offer for his services – regardless of who emerges as rivals in the race to secure his signature. Leipzig are expected to demand a fee in the region of £40million for their No 9, which would see them make an impressive £20m profit on their summer purchase in under a year.

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