Ligue 1

Sesko Arsenal, Dovbyk Chelsea & more

Sesko Arsenal, Dovbyk Chelsea & more

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I’m aware that there’s been a lot of talk among Arsenal fans about Benjamin Sesko, with speculation hotting up that he’s high up on their list of targets up front this summer, while it’s also been claimed that other clubs in the race for Sesko believe Arsenal are in pole position.

My understanding remains that there are four or five clubs interested in Sesko as I’ve been saying since January and I’m told that nothing has changed at this stage. There are no negotiations yet, just interest from clubs in the Premier League and not only.

Sesko is appreciated by Arsenal but it’s the same for Viktor Gyokeres and Alexander Isak, for example, so I’m not sure we’re at the moment yet to be talking about any one of these specific targets advancing to anything more concrete.

I’ve also mentioned Chelsea’s interest in Sesko before, but as I wrote here recently, I think we have to be patient on Sesko – the time for decisions is not now, on both club and player side. It’s one to discuss probably next month, but nothing is decided or clear right now.

Paris Saint-Germain’s intention is not to sell Xavi Simons during the upcoming summer transfer window, and there has now been a meeting between the PSG board and the player’s camp this week to discuss the situation. From what I’m told, PSG confirmed during this meeting with Xavi Simons and his agent that they have no intention to sell him on a permanent transfer.

So, nothing is happening for a permanent transfer – it was never a possibility, despite links with Barcelona and RB Leipzig, as it would be too expensive. The only way for the Dutch midfielder to leave is on loan, and that will only happen if he goes to them and makes it clear he wants to leave, as PSG would prefer to keep him.

Xavi Simons will now have a say over which club he joins on loan – there is interest from Barca and Leipzig, and also from clubs in England, so let’s see what he decides to do, but he is not leaving PSG on a permanent transfer. Let’s see what happens, but the idea is for Xavi Simons to communicate his decision to PSG before the Euros – it’s a really open situation, and it could be one of the big stories of the summer…

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