Official: €24million striker snubs Real Madrid and joins Bundesliga side instead

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Real Madrid target Benjamin Sesko has joined RB Leipzig in a deal worth a reported €24 million (£20m/$25m), the German side have revealed.

Real Madrid were interested in a deal for the 19 year old RB Salzburg striker, with Chelsea and Manchester United also interested in the striker.

Sesko has agreed a five-year contract with Leizpig starting in 2023, becoming the latest player to make the move from Salzburg.

Sesko said after confirmation of his agreement with Leipzig: “I have read and heard so much about me in recent weeks, and a lot of it had no basis in reality. In order to end the speculation and fully concentrate on my tasks here at Red Bull Salzburg, it was important for me to arrange the next steps in my career already.

“I wanted to gain clarity as soon as possible on the way ahead. Absolutely nothing has changed for me personally otherwise, and I will still give everything for Red Bull Salzburg as we have a lot of plans this season.”

Sesko has been likened to Manchester City forward Erling Haaland after breaking into the RB Salzburg first-team last season.