Bundesliga striker shows green light to Arsenal move

Arsenal have had a breakthrough in their pursuit of RB Leipzig striker Benjamin Sesko. The forward was one of players being looked at by the Gunners.
Benjamin Sesko has attracted major clubs across Europe.
Benjamin Sesko has attracted major clubs across Europe. / Luciano Lima/GettyImages

RB Leipzig striker Benjamin Sesko has given the nod to make a move to English giants Arsenal this summer. This comes as a huge boost for the Gunners in their search for a striker.

Benjamin Sesko willing to play for Arsenal

The Mirror reports that Benjamin Sesko expressed his willingness to play for Arsenal. The Gunners had been monitoring the progress of the RB Leipzig forward for a long time and are now readying a bid of £45 million. Sesko's agent was spotted at the Emirates a few times, leading to numerous transfer speculations. Sky Sports journalist Philipp Hinze had earlier reported that Sesko's release clause stood at £55 million(€65 million). But Arsenal will hope to negotiate and lower the fee.

Despite scoring 91 league goals last season Arsenal have been scouting the market for a razor-sharp striker. If a move for Sesko materialises, the Slovenian forward will help Mikel Arteta to improve the Gunners' attack further. He will also be expected to reduce Kai Havertz's goal-scoring burden. The German striker came under fire during the first half of the season for not scoring enough goals. But he managed to turn it around in the latter stages and forced a change of heart from his critics.

Sesko is just 20 years old and will benefit from working under the guidance of a talented manager like Arteta. But a move for Sesko might put Arsenal teenage sensation Chido Obi-Martin's future at the club in doubt. He might fear his path to the first team will be blocked by Sesko and hence will seek a move away from the North London club.

Sesko has scored 14 league goals this season despite making just 17 starts. His form has seen him book a place in Slovenia's squad for Euro 2024. Arsenal had also monitored other forwards like Brian Brobbey, Alexander Isak, Viktor Gyokeres, and Victor Osimhen. In addition to a striker, the Gunners are also looking to recruit a midfielder and a winger.