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Real Madrid competing with Barcelona, Atletico and three more clubs for Salzburg striker

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The most dramatic and hyped transfers of any window often involve strikers. It is not surprising that the forwards get as much importance as they do, for their success often translates directly into the team’s success.

A large part of Real Madrid’s success last season can be attributed to Karim Benzema’s imperious form. With the Frenchman now at 34, the club are looking far and wide for a potent replacement.

According to reports from Diario AS, a new star striker has risen in the Bundesliga, and Real Madrid are interested in signing him. Benjamin Sesko, the youngster from RB Salzburg, is grabbing eyes from across Europe and the queue to sign him will be long.

The interest in Sesko ramped up last week after his dominant performance against Liverpool that included a goal. Five clubs have conveyed their interest in the 19-year-old star, who will make his decision next week.

Manchester United and Chelsea are the frontrunners to sign the Slovenian and have firmly communicated their interest to Salzburg. Meanwhile, PSG recently entered the race and are on the list of his five potential destinations.

In Spain, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all maintained tabs on the player. However, it is only Los Blancos who hold a strong interest in his signing at the moment.

Last season, Sesko played 24 league games for RB Salzburg, scoring five goals and providing one assist. In the current season of the Austrian Bundesliga, he already has one goal and an assist in two games.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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