Chelsea plan to sign this striker if they miss out on Ivan Toney
Chelsea are still on the lookout for a new striker.
The Blues have been linked with so many names these past few weeks, that it’s actually almost hard to keep up.
Victor Osimhen, Ivan Toney, and Viktor Gyökeres, are the top contenders for a move to Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks, but journalist Simon Phillips has now revealed that another player is in the picture – and one that hasn’t really been mentioned alongside Chelsea recently.
Benjamin Sesko was once a target for the Blues, but since the Slovenian secured a move to RB Leipzig two years ago, rumours of an interest from the West Londoners seemed to have gone away.
The 20-year-old was brought in as a replacement for Christopher Nkunku, who traded Leipzig for Chelsea last summer, and he has performed remarkably well for the German club.
It was recently revealed that Sesko has a £43m release clause on his contract with Leipzig, which comes into effect in the summer of 2024, and now, Simon has claimed that Chelsea may look to take advantage of it, as they still retain an interest in the forward.
He told his Substack: “The other one I’ve been told about by sources this weekend is Benjamin Sesko of RB Leizpig. Long-term members of the community here will remember I had the exclusive on our interest in Sesko way back when the new owners first arrived. That interest has not gone and in fact, it’s only increased. He’s another that has come to the forefront of our striker shortlist.
“Again though, he is unattainable this month, but it has now been reported by Sky Sports in Germany that he will have a £43m release clause that comes into place this summer, so that very much makes him a huge one to watch given our historic and recent history of scouting and having an interest in the player.
“Chelsea also have good relations with the Red Bull Group, so I am sure they could favour the paying of the release to their advantage, should they make this move.”