Manchester United have reportedly made a first move for RB Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko, with two other offers also going in.
The Slovenia international has quickly emerged as a hot prospect across Europe, especially over the summer. Indeed, a winning goal over Liverpool in a pre-season match caught the eye.
Several teams have therefore been pondering a raid, but Salzburg are for now insisting that they do not want to sell Sesko.
They have already made one big sale up top in Karim Adeyemi, who has gone to Borussia Dortmund.
Nevertheless, their stance has not put Sesko’s suitors off altogether. And according to Sport Klub in Slovenia, Man Utd’s first offer has officially gone in.
The report does not state how much the Red Devils have offered for the 19-year-old but insists that they are not alone in making a bid.
Chelsea, whose owner Todd Boehly met with the player’s agent, have also reportedly made a first formal approach.
Both Man Utd and Chelsea want to sign a striker this summer. United may end up keeping Cristiano Ronaldo, but at 37 he is not a long-term option.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have enjoyed solid pre-seasons, but new manager Erik ten Hag wants a fresh addition of his own making.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have already added to their attack with Raheem Sterling. However, Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter on loan has opened up a gap in the front line.
Man Utd, Chelsea joined in Sesko race
But Sport Klub adds that Paris Saint-Germain have joined Man Utd and Chelsea in the race for Sesko.
The French giants are aware that they have already added Hugo Ekitike to their ranks alongside Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
They furthermore have Arnaud Kalimuendo. Although, he is a firm Leeds United target after they missed out on Charles de Ketelaere.
As such, PSG want to get in on the Sesko transfer race to snap up an exciting young talent and add crucial depth.
Sesko and his agent will carefully consider all their proposals before reportedly making a firm decision ‘next week’.
Salzburg will try and stand firm on their not-for-sale stance, but money may ultimately talk in the end.
Young striker facing crucial few weeks
Sesko is facing a busy few weeks which will determine his fate at least until January.
He has already scored in a competitive game this season – away from pre-season – netting in Salzburg’s 3-0 win over Austria Vienna to begin their league campaign.
Salzburg play five more times in August and it remains to be seen if Sesko will play all five or whether he will find pastures new this month.
The interest from the Premier League and elsewhere is clearly serious. It is now up to the player, agent and club to agree or disagree and potentially find a compromise.