Sesko joins Leipzig in €24m deal


Manchester United target Benjamin Sesko has joined RB Leipzig in a deal worth a reported €24 million (£20m/$25m). The 19-year-old striker, who has caught the eye at Red Bull Salzburg, will join the Bundesliga side next season.

Sesko has agreed a five-year contract with Leizpig starting in 2023, becoming the latest player to make the move from Salzburg.

Sesko has scored 12 goals in 39 matches for Salzburg since breaking into the first team last season, having been likened to Erling Haaland as he came through the ranks.

That form led to interest from United, as well as reported enquiries from Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Sesko said after confirmation of his agreement with Leipzig: “I have read and heard so much about me in recent weeks, and a lot of it had no basis in reality. In order to end the speculation and fully concentrate on my tasks here at Red Bull Salzburg, it was important for me to arrange the next steps in my career already.

“I wanted to gain clarity as soon as possible on the way ahead. Absolutely nothing has changed for me personally otherwise, and I will still give everything for Red Bull Salzburg as we have a lot of plans this season.”