Tue 14 May 2024, 10:00 · Ash Harrison

Surely Newcastle got handed the advantage in pursuit of £56m striker on Sunday - opinion

Surely Newcastle got handed the advantage in pursuit of £56m striker on Sunday - opinion
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Newcastle United have got their eye on signing Slovenian forward Benjamin Sesko this summer after missing out on the 20-year-old last year.

Last summer Newcastle were keeping tabs on young Benjamin Sesko who had been highlighted as a striker with bags of potential. At the time he was playing for RB Salzburg in Austria but he made a summer switch to the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig.

Newcastle have continued to keep an eye on his development and after an impressive first season in Germany which has seen Sesko bag 17 goals in 41 appearances, interest in acquiring his services is rising again but it's believed that it would take an offer of around £56million to prise him away from Leipzig.

It's not just Newcastle, obviously, one other team that's got Sesko on their radar is Manchester United who may have felt like they had the edge at the weekend.


Old Trafford is falling down

Fabrizio Romano shared an image on X on Sunday of Benjamin Sesko's agent in attendance at Old Trafford for their game against Arsenal sparking rumours that he was there to speak with Man United over a summer switch.

Manchester United went on to get beat off Arsenal 1-0 in the game which wasn't really a great surprise given current form.

However, what Sesko's agent probably didn't expect was the state of Old Trafford itself. The heavy rains that night saw Old Trafford spring many leaks with water pouring down onto fans and a video later emerging showing water leaking into the away dressing room.


Jim Ratcliffe's Manchester United sounds like a nightmare workplace

Hopefully, that little horror show, showing just how far the mighty have fallen, may have been enough for Sesko's agent to continue looking elsewhere, particularly Newcastle.

Since Jim Ratcliffe has got his claws into Manchester United, stories have been coming out about the changes he's made which make the working environment there sound hellish, almost Mike Ashley-esque. That probably won't directly affect their recruitment of players initially, but that kind of workplace toxicity can spread.

Sesko, mate, you don't want to be a part of that, howay up to Newcastle instead, you can have the number 9 shirt off Callum Wilson, or you can at least fight Alexander Isak for it.