Chelsea ponder triggering release clause to sign Benjamin Sesko

Chelsea are contemplating triggering Benjamin Sesko’s £56 million release clause and stealing the striker from Arsenal. 

According to The Evening Standard, Chelsea are pondering a move for Benjamin Sesko by triggering his £56 million release clause. Arsenal are considered the front-runner for the Slovenian’s signature, as the Blues are now considering stealing the striker from under their London rivals’ noses. 

Chelsea to trigger Benjamin Sesko clause?

In recent weeks, it’s become clear that Chelsea is not in the race to sign Victor Osimhen due to his high asking price, among other reasons. While they are desperate to bring in a new No.9, the Blues have widened their net beyond the Nigerian and now towards Benjamin Sesko.

The RB Leipzig star has a £56 million release clause in his contract that Chelsea are considering triggering in the coming period. Should that happen, the German side will be powerless to accept the bid, especially if the player wants the move, although he seems to have been encouraged to join Arsenal over the others

However, Chelsea are planning on sounding out their young project to the 18-goal striker and making him part of their squad. Leipzig are also planning on handing Sesko a new contract with an improved salary and the chance to be one of their leading players next season, so the striker does have plenty to think about./ 

Chelsea views Sesko as an important target and could look to get themselves ahead in the race by triggering the £56 million release clause. Doing that would also give them a chance to beat rivals Arsenal for the striker’s signature, as they are keen to sign him from under the Gunners’ noses, much like they did with the Mykhailo Mudryk transfer.

Arsenal frontrunners for Sesko

Mikel Arteta may prefer a young striker, as he may not want to bring a more established option that would disrupt the recent progress they have made with Kai Havertz. Some reports suggested they had already made an offer for Sesko, which was lower than his £56 million asking price and much closer to the previous £43 million release clause. 

The Gunners have been encouraged that Sesko would like to join them over others, and that could set the tone for this transfer. Arsenal might look to negotiate the price with Leipzig, although things could get complicated should Chelsea come in and trigger that £56 million clause. 

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