Man Utd’s window goes from bad to worse as Sesko ‘closes in’ on Leipzig move

Manchester United target Benjamin Sesko is closing in on a move to RB Leipzig next summer as Erik ten Hag's transfer plans are dealt yet another blow.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 19-year-old Slovenian – who has also been linked with Chelsea and Newcastle this summer – will stay at Red Bull Salzburg this season before joining their sister club in the Bundesliga in 12 months time.

United have been tracking the striker for weeks and were considering a formal approach with Cristiano Ronaldo's future still up in the air, though it appears they've now missed their shot, especially with reports of a move for former West Ham and Stoke City forward Marko Arnautovic in the pipelines.

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Leipzig have a history of pinching Salzburg's players with the likes of Naby Keita, Dominik Szoboszlai and Dayot Upamecano all moving up the Red Bull food chain by switching Austria for Germany on their way to the top.

Sesko joins Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and Ajax forward Anthony on the list of players to have slipped through United's grasp this summer, leaving the club gagging for a little reinvigoration, especially in light of their opening day defeat to Brighton on Sunday, after which Ten Hag admitted he was "totally not satisfied" with the state of his squad.

In a damning indictment, former Red Devils defender Gary Neville slammed the club's torrid transfer strategy in recent seasons, insisting that United's troubles are largely self-inflicted.

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"The first thing you do when the phone rings from Manchester United is reject the bid. Because the reality of it is you know they've lost that game today and they're actually negotiating from a worse position than they were yesterday, and that's a bigger problem for them," Neville fumed the match.

When asked about links to Arnautovic, the 47-year-old added: "What is going on? I don't like putting the boot in but Arnautovic was a quality player, but you said he was 33?

"Falcao, Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Ighalo, these desperate so called 'experienced' strikers," Neville continued. "We have seen it now for eight to ten years it's a pattern. We don't even get angry or animated about it anymore as it's got to the point where I don't even want to comment about it."


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