Benjamin Sesko’s stay could hand Manchester United another shot

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Benjamin Sesko’s stay at RB Leipzig could turn out into a lifeline for Manchester United. The 21-year old Slovenian striker was in heavy demand in the Premier League.

However, Sesko has chosen to extend his stay at RB Leipzig until 2029. But, a gentlemen agreement between Sesko and Leipzig over possible move in 2025 and 2026 has taken place.

Sesko has 20 G/A having scored 18 times in 42 appearances for RB Leipzig in all competitions over the course of this campaign. Moreover, the Slovenian already won 28 caps for his national team and bagged 11 goals.

Sesko is a physically strong player. His numbers at Leipzig speak for themselves. Especially, since the Slovenian wasn’t even a starter in the first half of the season. In fact, the striker started merely 17 of his 31 appearances this campaign.

Why Benjamin Sesko staying is good for Manchester United?

The 21-year old was impressive in the previous season. Naturally, many top clubs have an eye for the young prolific striker. Apart from Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea were top contenders for Benjamin Sesko.

The good thing about Sesko staying is the rivals of Red Devils won’t be able to sign him either. Furthermore, many Premier League clubs including the Big Six will be keeping budget in check this transfer window. Especially, owing to the heat of Profit & Sustainability Rules (PSR).

We have already witnessed how heavy the toll of breaching PSR could be. Everton had to endure points deduction in the league twice! The Toffees ended up losing 8 valuable points and were close to fighting relegation at one point in the league.

Sesko had a £55 million release clause in his contract. However, if United were to pay the sum, the Red Devils would have had to cut back in other areas significantly. Chelsea are already trying to let players go in an attempt to adhere to the PSR. Arsenal were treading on thin ice in January after having splurged £105 million on Declan Rice in the summer.

However, the Gunners will be benefitted by Champions League money. But, Manchester United and Chelsea will find themselves in a different situation. At least, the Red Devils have a Europa League spot thanks to their massive win against Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

United are currently £31 million below the threshold of breaching PSR, which is a good enough margin. With Sesko planning to stay, the Red Devils can increase the margin and probably have real shot at signing the Slovenian again in the next summer transfer window.

How are Manchester United working on the PSR margin?

For starters, the Red Devils have already confirmed that almost the entire roster with the exception of four players will be available on the market for a reasonable sum.

For instance, Bruno Fernandes has been a subject to interest from Vincent Kompany’s Bayern Munich. The Red Devils have set an asking price of at least £70 million for the Portuguese.

Jadon Sancho had a successful loan spell at Dortmund propelling the Bundesliga side to the Champions League final. However, Sancho has a price tag of £40 million to his name and will definitely be out of Old Trafford. Likewise, Mason Greenwood is also likely to depart from the Theatre of Dreams.

Marcus Rashford is another name floating around expected to leave United. Needless to say, any money United make on Rashford will be pure profit considering he is an academy graduate. Although, the forward is worth far below his peak price despite being only 26-years old.

Manchester United will be keen to make good profit margins and adhere to the PSR rules as best as they can.

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