Sky Germany: Milan among admirers of RB Leipzig star but release clause is rising

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan remain in the hunt to sign Benjamin Sesko but his release clause is on the rise and could grow even higher before the season is done, a report claims.

According to Philipp Hinze of Sky Germany, the clause in Sesko’s contract – valid from this summer – is actually performance-based in terms of what the final amount will be. In the winter, the amount was still €50m.

Due to his good performances during the second half of the season, the release clause has now risen to €65m. The amount depends on playing time, goals and assists.

If he were to meet the maximum expectations, the sum could well rise to €70m-€75m, but this depends on Sesko’s last two games of the season for Leipzig and how he does in them.

Some top Premier League clubs are keeping a close eye on the 20-year-old striker and he adds that Milan are also interested as they look to invest in a new centre-forward option for the future.

Sesko’s numbers for Leipzig read as follows: 40 games across all competitions, 16 goals and two assists. Whether the Rossoneri are able to stump up a figure that it closer to €70m than €50m remains to be seen.

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  1. Milan needs a +20goal a season striker for us to compete. We can live with Leao giving us these sort of figures quoted above by these so-called next best thing strikers with unjustifiable bloated figures. There are literally 2 or 3 strikers worth these figures, the rest is media creations. Need I remind you where Jovic was a few seasons ago.

    1. 20+ goal strikers don’t exist. There are literally a handful of them (that’s is max 5) that can produce those numbers.. regularly.. and all of them cost. Cost more than a Giroud or Ibra. I’m talking about salary ofc

    1. Guirassy is 28 and till this season was a random player, hence they are not sure if he is a one-season wonder or someone will keep it up for years to come. Plus his technical abilities overall are not up to the level of a typical quality striker.

  2. Release clause by default can not be’s a clause you sign and it lasts until the f contract is over..

    Idk maybe I’m just crazy and don’t understand. Correct me then!

    1. One can put conditions in the release clause. For example, if the player scores X number of goals the release clause increases by Y mln euros. Sesko’s teammate, Openda, has a release clause of 100 mln this summer, but it will be 80 mln starting from the next summer.

      1. See. Then it isn’t rising. It was always a higher price and they were just looking at the lowest number..

  3. Lol, buy Sesko from Salzburg and not 1,5 years later for 70 mios. Btw bidsdrup, konate, maurits, gorna are next

  4. Milan should have bought a young talent 2 or 3 season ago and develop while Giroud was still around. We took Thuram for free, Atalanta bought Scamacca for 25 mln and now he has started to deliver. One does not need to spend big for a striker, at least without having deep pockets.

  5. Some of the above criticism of Sesko is deluded.

    For a start he turns 21 at the end of May. He’s 6’4 to 6’5 which means he’s not even close to his physical prime (tall players will usually be a slower burn because it takes a longer time to develop physical maturity).

    Then look at his record. It’s a total of 40 appearances for the season for 1,922 minutes (i.e. less than 50 minutes per appearance which means a lot of appearances off the bench). He is credited with 16 goals and 2 assists from that game time.

    There is nothing wrong with his record. He has obvious talent. I would say he projects to be a better player than Zirkzee, a more lethal goal threat. He is 2 years younger than Zirkzee, during his developmental phase, but is well ahead of Zirkzee at the same age.

    But Giroud has played 3,198 minutes this season. He’d have played more if he wasn’t in his late 30s because Milan doesn’t have proper back up.

    Milan needs a player who can play 3,500 minutes and contribute. It’s not like there is going to be relief if we’re going to drop >50m on a striker.

    The problem is Sesko’s price tag. Milan can’t afford the price for a player who is not ready to delivery immediately. That’s the only issue here. Zirkzee is in the process of doing it, the 3,000 minutes. He currently sits on 12 goals and 7 assists from 2,869 minutes for the season.

    If we still had Giroud, Sesko would be my pick of the players we are linked to as we could manage him through his first season.

    Maybe we find another experienced head. It can’t be Sesko, Jovic and Okafor, that’s a recipe for disaster. If Lukaku was available on loan, for example, that would work. There would need to be some fodder.

  6. Still don’t understan why don’t they try for Scamacca. The money from CdK will be alocated for a striker anyway so why not do a deal with Atalanta and bring that cost down 🤔

    1. Scamacca? What do you want a player who knows the league, fits the system perfectly and who is scoring prolifically?

      Why would Milan sign that player?

        1. They are probably already thinking in region of 50 millions for him. That’s why they can try and do a deal involving CdK, offering like 30 + CdK

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