Man City and Liverpool joined by Real Madrid in transfer race for Salzburg star Benjamin Sesko, dubbed 'Mini-Haaland'

REAL MADRID have reportedly joined the race with Liverpool and Manchester City to sign RB Salzburg ace Benjamin Sesko.

Madrid are said to be eyeing the 18-year-old sensation as the ideal long-term replacement for the ageing Karim Benzema, ESPN claim.

The Spanish giants have also been chasing Paris Saint-Germain ace Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland for the same purpose.

But Los Blancos think the young Slovenian striker, who has been compared to goal hero Haaland, would be the cheaper option out of the trio.

With six goals in just 14 games in all competitions this season, Sesko has already proved that he can be just as prolific as Mbappe and Haaland.

The comparisons to Haaland doesn't phase Sesko, who's entering the final year of his contract.

When previously asked about his and Haaland's similarities, Sesko told Goal: "Such comparisons motivate me and give me energy.

"They do not represent pressure. I will listen and learn so I can be even better than he is"

And some of his team-mates reckon that the 6ft 4in attacker is already better than Haaland.


Sesko said: "My team-mates at the club tell me that Haaland and I are very similar, especially in terms of speed. 

"Most of them even tell me that I'm better than him!"

But when it comes to scoring goals, Sesko still has quite a long way to go to catch Haaland.

The 21-year-old scored a remarkable 41 times in as many games for Dortmund last season, and has already scored eight goals in 11 matches this term.

It's these incredible stats that have seen Haaland become one of Europe's most wanted stars.

Manchester United and PSG are said to be leading the race for Haaland's signature although he won't come cheap.

It's been reported that United will have to pay the Norwegian a whopping £380,000-a-week wages plus bonuses, ontop of his release clause of £64m.

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