Chelsea face competition from Premier League rivals for RB Leipzig striker

Chelsea are among the club’s interested in a summer move for RB Leipzig striker Benjamin Sesko, but face competition from Arsenal and Manchester United.

The Blues are looking to sign a striker this summer and have been strongly linked with Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, but are also exploring other options.

Nicolas Jackson has done well in his debut season, scoring 13 goals in all competitions so far, but with Chelsea looking to return to the Champions League more fire power is needed.

Sesko, who is an attractive option because of the £42.7m release clause in his contract which is active this summer, only joined the Bundesliga outfit from Austrian side RB Salzburg last summer.

The Standard report that Leipzig are already preparing for life without the 20-year-old and have been sounding out possible replacements.

Sesko’s representatives have been guests at both Chelsea and Manchester United matches this season as the race for his signature hots up.

The Slovenian international has been tipped for a big future and has scored 13 goals so far this season from 37 appearances in all competitions.

Sesko stands at 6ft 4in and is a strong, mobile striker, but at just 20 years old he is another player with potential, and what the Blues really need is someone to come in and make an instant impact.

Sporting Lisbon’s Viktor Gyokeres and Brentford’s Ivan Toney are other strikers the Blues have looked at as they look to find a clinical marksman.

Gyokeres has a release clause of £88m in his contract and his agent revealed he is more likely to leave the club if manager Ruben Amorim departs.

It’s vital the club sign the right striker this summer given the Romelu Lukaku debacle, coupled with the fact that over the last 20 years the Blues have only had success with Didier Drogba and Diego Costa, despite shelling out millions on some of the world’s best forwards.

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