Director rules out accepting reported £25m Newcastle bid for Wolves target

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Benjamin Sesko is ‘staying for sure’ at Red Bull Salzburg amid interest from Premier League duo Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, director Christoph Freund tells Sky Sports Austria. 

On a day in which Erling Haaland marked his top-flight bow with a brace in Manchester City’s 2-0 win away at West Ham United, interest in a 19-year-old poacher so often labelled the second coming of football’s own hammer-swinging Thor continued to rise. 

According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle are weighing up an initial £25 million for Sesko. An almighty show of faith in a teenager, yes, but also a reflection of the Magpies’ continued commitment to identifying and securing some of Europe’s most exciting young talent, a la Sven Botman, Hugo Ekitike and Roger Fernandes. 

90Min say that Sesko has admirers at Wolves too. Bruno Lage’s side will step up their pursuit of a new number nine in the coming weeks. A Raul Jimenez-less side lost 2-1 at Leeds United on opening weekend. 

Red Bull Salzburg won’t sell Benjamin Sesko this summer

But while Salzburg may have developed a reputation as one of the game’s most renowned ‘selling clubs’, Sesko will not be following in Haaland’s Sasquatch-sized footsteps just yet. 

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“He’s staying for sure,” Freund insists.  

“There are a lot of rumours (about Sesko). That will always be the case when young players perform so well and have such big potential. 

“He feels very comfortable here and will use the next few months to develop further. Salzburg is currently the perfect club for him.” 

Sesko, who has been labelled one of the fastest forwards in the game, scored 11 times during his breakthrough season at the Austrian Bundesliga champions in 2021/22. 

Manchester United and Chelsea are also reported to be interested. As are Bayern Munich and – as you might expect given the impact Haaland made in yellow-and-black – Borussia Dortmund. 

Newcastle, meanwhile, have already seen one striker target slip through their fingers this week. Though how much of a missed opportunity those on Tyneside would consider Timo Werner is another matter entirely. 

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