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Transfer Blow For Milan In Their Pursuit Of Sesko As Their Striker Makes A Return To The Club

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It’s no longer news that Italian giants, AC Milan are in pursuit of a striker to sign in the summer to replace MLS bound Olivier Giroud and in terms of option that they would like, there are a few names on the list, but it looks like the Rossoneri will have to look further than the first name on their list.

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Elvis Bašanović, agent of Arsenal and Milan target Benjamin Sesko admits Serie A clubs may not be able to ‘afford’ the RB Leipzig striker and says his client does not intend to move to Saudi Arabia.

Sesko has emerged as a top target for many big clubs in Europe, especially Milan and Arsenal and his agent Bašanović provided the latest updates on the future of the Slovenia international in an interview with Sportklub.


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“I can say that Benjamin is being considered by both the Premier League and Serie A. But out of respect, I can’t mention the names of the clubs,” he admitted. “We are talking about top clubs. We have to realize that Benjamin is currently in a top club.

“There are very few people who realize how big a club Leipzig is. There are certainly eventful weeks ahead of us.” The 20-year-old has been offered a contract extension by the Bundesliga side. “Benjamin has more opportunities at the end of the season. But that’s his decision,” said his agent.

“We will suggest what is best for his long-term development. Leipzig are trying extremely hard to keep Benjamin. “They have their arguments on the side of development, they are also a big club with excellent conditions. They have strong cards. Healthy development has priority over the economic side.”

Nevertheless, when asked which country Sesko could play in next season, the striker’s agent replied: “It’s difficult for Italy [clubs] to afford [him] at the moment. I said a lot with that. But that doesn’t mean it’s not impossible. The decision is up to Benjamin. It is our duty to bring him offers.”

Saudi clubs have also shown interest in the RB Leipzig star, but Sesko does not seem willing to leave the Old Continent. “I can confirm that there is interest, but at the same time, Benjamin will not leave Europe under any circumstances. At least not right now,” his agent concluded. Sesko’s contract includes a €50m release clause.

But it is linked to his performances, so recent reports in Germany suggested it has been raised to at least €65m for this summer. The Slovenia International has netted 18 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions this season and his contract with RB Leipzig expires in June 2028.

Milan are also interested in Bologna star Joshua Zirkzee, who would be much cheaper than Sesko, given that the Dutchman has a €40m clause that is not only valid for Bayern Munich, plus any other interested club, but the Bavarians hold the option for a first refusal on the player.

Meanwhile…

Nottingham Forest confirm Divock Origi has reached the end of his loan spell at the club, so he will return to Milan.Belgium international Origi returns to Milan after a one-year loan at Nottingham Forest, the Premier League side confirmed with an official statement on Tuesday.

Forest said Origi and other players, including Gio Reyna, Nuno Tavares, Gonzalo Montiel and Rodrigo Ribeiro “have reached the end of their loan spells on Trentside.” The 29-year-old joined Milan on a free transfer from Liverpool in 2022.

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But failed to impress in his first season at the Stadio Meazza, scoring just two goals in 36 appearances across all competitions. He was loaned out to Nottingham Forest last summer, but the ex-Liverpool striker had another disappointing spell at the club, scoring just once in 22 appearances.

After his season at the club, Origi was no longer part of Stefano Pioli’s plans, and it remains to be seen if the next Milan coach will rely on him in 2024-25.Origi earns €4m per season at the Stadio Meazza and his contract with the Serie A giants runs out in June 2026.

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