Transfer Talk: Chelsea, Arsenal eye Šeško’s €65m release clause

The summer transfer window won’t reopen in Europe for a while yet, but there are plenty of moves in the works and gossip is swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Premier League giants circling Šeško

Chelsea and Arsenal are among multiple sides in Europe considering a move for RB Leipzig forward Benjamin Šeško, according to Team Talk.

The 20-year-old is reported to have been identified by the Blues as a potential alternative to Napoli star Victor Osimhen, with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy looking to reinforce their forward line when the transfer window opens.

The Gunners are also said to be in the race, and it is believed that a meeting is planned soon to discuss terms with the Bundesliga club over a potential move. Šeško is one of the names on manager Mikel Arteta’s shortlist, with both Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah linked with exits from the Emirates Stadium. They are also reportedly considering Bologna forward Joshua Zirkzee as an option.

Šeško, who scored in his sixth straight game in Saturday’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw with Werder Bremen, is contracted at the Red Bull Arena until the summer of 2028, but a release clause in his contract allows him to be signed for €65 million.

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PAPER GOSSIP

Al Nassr forward Cristiano Ronaldo is considering extending his stay at the club, according to TalkSPORT. Despite the 39-year-old’s contract not being set to expire until the summer of 2025, it is reported that he is already open to a further year in the Saudi Pro League. He has scored 33 goals in 28 league matches this season.

Paris Saint-Germain are currently at the front of the queue to sign Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. It is reported that PSG are willing to make an offer worth €80m for the 23-year-old Georgia international, who has also recently been linked with Barcelona. It is said that Gli Azzurri will first look to reach an agreement over a new contract with him, with belief that he could be handed a deal worth €4m per season.

– An offer of £35m will be enough to be accepted by Chelsea for forward Romelu Lukaku this summer, reports Football Insider. The 31-year-old, who is set to return to Stamford Bridge when his loan deal with AS Roma expires at the end of the season, is believed to not feature in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s plans. Lukaku has contributed to 15 goals in 31 Serie A matches this season, but recent reports have indicated that the Giallorossi won’t be able to meet his salary demands.

– Legendary Sevilla defender Sergio Ramos is eying a move to MLS, according to Marca. The LaLiga side are yet to discuss the 38-year-old’s future, with his contract set to expire in the summer, but it looks as though he is already looking to leave Europe. Expansion side San Diego FC, who are set to feature in MLS in 2025, have been recently reported to have held talks with him.

AC Milan have identified Tottenham Hotspur defender Emerson Royal as a potential reinforcement at right-back, reports Matte Moretto. Spurs are reported to be willing to listen to offers in the region of €20m for the 25-year-old, who has lost his starting place in manager Ange Postecoglou’s side this season to Pedro Porro.