Arsenal 'set three-week transfer deadline' as striker's agent drops teasing hint

Mikel Arteta could welcome a new striker to Arsenal before the end of the summer (Image: Getty)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may only need to wait three weeks to discover the fate of their interest in Benjamin Sesko. The RB Leipzig forward and his agent reportedly plan to make a concrete decision on his next move before the start of Euro 2024, with the Gunners and several other top European sides in hot pursuit.

At just 20 years old, 6ft 5in Sesko rattled in 14 Bundesliga goals this season. The Slovenian now has four campaigns of senior football under his belt and Europe’s cash-rich giants have seemingly seen enough.

Reports indicate that Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, alongside clubs from Italy and the Saudi Pro League, are all keeping track of Sesko’s situation with a view to bringing him in this summer.

While negotiations are yet to become advanced with any interested party, they may not have long to wait before the wheels start turning. According to Fabrizio Romano, Sesko’s agent plans to communicate a decision on his client’s future before the start of Euro 2024 on June 14.

Sesko is already a regular scorer at international level with Slovenia, who will meet England in their final Group C match at the end of June. The striker also bagged 29 goals in 79 matches for RB Salzburg before carrying his scoring form with him to the Bundesliga.

Benjamin Sesko’s next move should be known before the start of Euro 2024 (Image: Getty)

His agent, Elvis Basanovic, recently shed light on interest from top sides, offering hope to Premier League clubs by effectively ruling out moves to Italy or Saudi Arabia.

“I can say that there is interest in Benjamin, both from the Premier League and from Italy,” Basanovic told SportKlub. “We are talking about top clubs. There are certainly eventful weeks ahead of us.

“It is my duty to listen to offers that arise. We need to work on giving Benjamin more opportunities at the end of the season. But that’s his decision. Leipzig is trying extremely hard to keep Benjamin.

“I think that Benjamin is difficult to afford in Italy at the moment. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. The decision is up to Benjamin. It is ours to bring him offers. I can confirm that there is interest [from Saudi Arabia], but at the same time, Benjamin will not leave Europe under any circumstances. At least not right now.”

Arsenal are seemingly intent on going after a striker this summer, with Ajax star Brian Brobbey and Napoli hitman Victor Osimhen believed to sit alongside Sesko on their wish list.