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Who is Benjamin Sesko? Man Utd tracking Salzburg striker compared to Erling Haaland

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Manchester United are yet to sign any forward players this summer but that could all be about to change as the Red Devils begin focusing their attention on capturing a guaranteed goal scorer ahead of their 2022/23 season opener in less than two weeks.

United’s forward options are limited, while Cristiano Ronaldo is on a hiatus as he attempts to force a move away from the club, so action is set to be taken, and one man who Erik ten Hag is said to have his eye on is Benjamin Sesko.

Here is all you need to know about the Red Bull Salzburg forward, including who he is, what he’s achieved, and what’s been said about him.

Who is Benjamin Sesko?

Benjamin Sesko, born in Radece, Slovenia on May 31, 2003 plays as a striker for Austrian Bundesliga club Red Bull Salzburg and is one of the most highly-rated strikers in Europe after a breakthrough season in the first team during the 2021/22 campaign.

The 19-year-old began his career with Radece, but left to join Rudar Trbovlje, before returning to his hometown club in 2014. He moved onto Krsko, where he scored 59 goals in 23 matches for the under-15s during the 2017-18 campaign, and Domzale, before signing a three-year contract with RB Salzburg in June 2019.

Sesko began his international career in the 2017-18 season, scoring four goals in six games for Slovenia’s U15’s before registering four in four with the U16’s. The following campaign brought five goals in 14 appearances for the U17’s, with a single appearance for the U19’s coming in 2020. Since 2021, he has scored twice in 13 games for the men’s team.

Career so far

After signing a three-year-deal with RB Salzburg in June 2019, Sesko spent two campaigns out on loan at second division side FC Liefering. The 2019-20 season yielded just one goal from 15 appearances, yet it was in the following season where he really showcased his talent, after tallying 21 goals and six assists in 29 appearances for the 2. Liga club.

Sesko made his professional debut for RB Salzburg in January 2021 of that same season, but made his breakthrough into the first team in the most recent campaign, where he recorded 11 goals and seven assists in 37 games in all competitions as his side won the Austrian league and cup double. In two games already this season, Sesko has scored twice and made one assist.

On the international stage, Sesko was first called up to Slovenia’s squad last year and became the country’s youngest debutant at 18 years and one day old in his side’s 1-1 draw with North Macedonia on June 1, 2021, before becoming Slovenia’s youngest ever goalscorer when he notched in a 4-0 win over Malta later that year in November.

What’s been said about him

Sesko has already been compared to former RB Salzburg and current Man City striker Erling Haaland

After following in his footsteps at RB Salzburg, Sesko has already been compared to Erling Haaland for his similar achievements, but it is his teammates who already believe he is better than the £51 million Manchester City forward, while the 19-year-old himself portrays the same level of confidence as the Norway international.

In a previous interview with reporters in Slovenia, Sesko said: “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. 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!”

His agent, Elvis Basanovic, also told Zurnal 24 : “Many compare him to Haaland, but I think they are different types of players. They are similar in physical construction and speed, but they are different players. Benjamin is more of a team player. He is maybe better technically with his skills, but Haaland is a bit more wild with his energy, in a positive sense. He remains a humble, hard-working boy.”

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Wijnaldum spoke to former Liverpool team-mate Salah before making Roma switch

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Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed former Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah was among those who advised him to join Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

Having left Liverpool for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer last year, Wijnaldum headed to Roma on a season-long loan deal last week.

Wijnaldum lifted the Champions League and Premier League trophies during a successful five-year spell at Anfield, but his impact was limited during a frustrating 2021-22 campaign in the French capital.

While the Netherlands international made 38 appearances in all competitions for PSG last season, fellow midfielders Danilo Pereira (2,623), Marco Verratti (2,621) and Idrissa Gueye (2,043) all played more than his total of 1,992 minutes for the Ligue 1 winners.

After becoming the latest arrival of a busy transfer window at the Stadio Olimpico, Wijnaldum said former Giallorossi winger Salah, alongside Kevin Strootman and PSG wing-back Achraf Hakimi, encouraged him to move to Italy.

“First of all, I wanted to come because of the effort the club put in to sign me as a player,” Wijnaldum told a news conference on Tuesday.

“Also, I spoke with Mo Salah and Kevin Strootman about Roma, about the club and the city, and I only heard good stories about it.

“I even spoke with Achraf Hakimi about it, even though he played at Inter Milan, he said [Roma] was a beautiful club and a beautiful place and I would be happy here. So that convinced me a lot.

“I know the club, we played them twice when I was at Liverpool [in the Champions League in 2018], and the atmosphere at the Olimpico was amazing – so I knew that I would be playing for a club with a great atmosphere and beautiful supporters.

“But that was basically the only thing I knew, so I asked for some advice from Mo and Strootman and they had good stories.”

Wijnaldum has joined the likes of Nemanja Matic and Paulo Dybala in signing for Roma ahead of the new Serie A campaign, and added the influence of Mourinho was another factor in his decision to head to Italy.

“When I arrived, we spoke more about football things. I think his record as a manager speaks for itself,” the midfielder said of the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss.

“The things he did in football, the prizes he won and the clubs he managed, it’s unbelievable.

“I think every player wants to work with him and I am the same. From the moment I spoke to him, I told myself I really wanted to join the club – but that was the case even before.

“I think the thing that convinced me the most was the amount of effort the club, through Mr [director of football, Tiago] Pinto and the manager, put in to sign me. At that moment I felt really wanted and appreciated by the club and that helped me make the decision.”

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Asamoah Gyan exposed as killer of Castro by witch doctor, player reacts

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A supposed witch doctor has called out Asamoah Gyan as the killer of singer Castro Underfire.

According to her, Asamoah Gyan masterminded and executed the eventual killing of Castro as a plot to end his career.

Speaking in a video where she was reportedly consulting the spirits about the death of Castro, the “Daughter of Mami water” pointed fingers at Asamoah Gyan.

Although Castro has been declared dead along with his girlfriend, Janet Bandu, after they went missing about 8 years ago while skiing on the Ada estuary, the witch doctor believes it has everything to do with Asamoah Gyan.

She also asked Asamoah Gyan to come forth to tell Ghanaians about his diabolical deals, which were hinged on greed and motivated by envy to kill the promising singer.

Meanwhile, Asamoah Gyan has reacted. According to him, he is unperturbed by the actions of the witch doctor to soil his reputation. He intimated that he has become used to the false accusations about his alleged involvement in the death of Castro.

However, he warned the witch doctor to tread carefully as he was poised to clear his name and put her in her proper place.

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Ryan Giggs ‘kicked ex in back and threw laptop at her head’ after nightclub argument

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Ryan Giggs became so angry when accused by former partner Kate Greville of flirting with another woman in December 2019 that he kicked her in the back and threw a laptop at her head before then attempting to have sex with her 10 minutes later, his ex-girlfriend told a police officer.

In a 105-minute police interview played on the morning of day two of the former Manchester United star’s trial, Greville detailed “red flags” in their relationship that included him “flipping” on more than one occasion in hotel rooms.

She alleges that in 2017 Giggs dragged her out of a Dubai hotel room while she was naked after she accused Britain’s most decorated footballer of seeing another woman. And in Christmas 2019, she told the police officer, Giggs kicked her in the back as she got into bed before then throwing a bag containing her laptop at her head in a London hotel room following an argument after a night out.

Giggs is accused of assaulting Kate Greville and her younger sister, Emma Greville, with a further charge relating to controlling and coercive behaviour towards Kate Greville between 2017 and November 2020.

He denies all charges.

An artist’s portrait of Ryan Giggs as Kate Greville’s police interview is played in court.

Greville is due to be cross-examined in court later today after providing her account of their relationship in the pre-recorded police video.

In relation to the alleged incident in 2017, Greville told the police officer: “We got back to the hotel room [from a nightclub], and I said something and again he flipped.

“I had no clothes on, he grabbed me by my wrist, so hard, dragged me into the lounge bit, grabbed my on the floor, all my suitcase and threw it all into the corridor and then shut the door. I was just there naked, all my stuff in the corridor. I got all my stuff back in and got back into bed – I had to get my stuff with a towel wrapped around me.”

The relationship continued, with Greville detailing that she had suspicions Giggs was seeing a number of other women and describing her own behaviour as “naive” and “gullible.”

Giggs and Greville

Giggs was further angered following a night out in London around Christmas of 2019.

Greville said: “I took all my clothes off, got into bed. He kicked me in the back so hard that I flew off the bed and landed on the floor. I was like, ‘what’s just happened’.

“He grabbed me again, into the suite bit of the room, got my bag with my laptop in and threw it at my head. He left me naked in the lounge bit.

“Ten minutes later, he grabbed me takes me back to bed and wants to have sex. I remember waking up in the morning, I woke up and you don’t instantly remember what happened.

“I remember asking him, ‘did you throw my bag at my head?’ and he was like ‘yeah, because you accused me of flirting, you made me do it, you make me so angry that you made me do that. It’s bad for me how angry you make me, you need to be careful of that’.”

Greville said she woke up with a bump on her head from the laptop bag.

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