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Manchester United have been handed a blow of their pursuit of Red Bull Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko as six other top European sides have also reportedly registered their interest. The Red Devils are keen to sign a forward before the window closes, and the uncertainty surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo has made it somewhat of a priority.

Anthony Martial has found his form in pre-season since returning to Old Trafford from his unsuccessful loan spell at Sevilla. The Frenchman scored once in 12 appearances for the La Liga outfit, and it seemed a formality that he can be sold – but his electric return has halted those plans.

Ronaldo also stays keen to depart United this summer in favour of a move to a club playing Champions League football, though Erik ten Hag desires to work with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. However the aforementioned duo don’t provide enough depth in the ultimate third, and United are eying up a move for Sesko.

Nonetheless, Mundo Deportivo reports that United aren’t the one side admiring the 19-year-old. Fellow Premier League sides Chelsea and Liverpool are also eying up Sesko, meanwhile, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also considered interested.

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Salzburg are in no rush to dump their Slovenia international though, on condition that his contract runs until 2026 and one other strong campaign in Austria will see his price rise even further. Matthias Jaissle’s side could demand a fee within the region of £54million (€65m) this summer, which can be a serious sign of intent from United in the event that they matched that asking price for the talented prospect.

Ten Hag had initially proposed a move for Ajax forward Antony this summer, with the Dutchman keen to reunite with the versatile attacker. Nonetheless, the Eredivisie side slapped an £83m (€100m) price tag on the Brazilian having already sold several key players already this summer.

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One player who has already made the move from Ajax to United this summer is Lisandro Martinez, who was brought in by Ten Hag to strengthen his backline. Discussing the move, Martinez said: “Manchester United I feel is the most effective clubs on this planet. Every player desires to play here. The chance was there, so I took it and now I’m really completely satisfied to be here.

“I feel the Premier League is the perfect league on this planet. It’s really intensive, it’s very difficult, very physical also. Every game, I actually need to look at.”

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