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Benjamin Sesko: Manchester United hold talks with Red Bull Salzburg over striker but there is a gap in valuation

Man Utd are deciding whether to pursue a deal after the discussions highlighted a gap in valuation for Benjamin Sesko; the 19-year-old striker still has four years left on his RB Salzburg contract

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Image: Benjamin Sesko has four years left on his Salzburg contract

Manchester United have held initial talks with Red Bull Salzburg over the signing of striker Benjamin Sesko.

Those discussions highlights a gap in valuation for the 19-year-old and United are deciding whether to pursue a deal.

Salzburg are under no pressure to sell Sesko as he has four years left on his contract.

The teenager has already made 13 international appearances for Slovenia and enjoyed a breakthrough season last term in the Austrian Bundesliga with 11 goals and six assists in just 12 starts in all competitions.

Sesko also impressed against Liverpool in pre-season last week, scoring the only goal of the game.

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Benjamin Sesko scored the winning goal as Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by Red Bull Salzburg in their final game of pre-season

Ten Hag on De Jong transfer and Ronaldo's future

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag discusses the club's transfer policy this summer, and what Cristiano Ronaldo must do to fit into the squad

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Erik Ten Hag provided his thoughts on Manchester United's transfer window so far, Frenkie de Jong and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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When asked if he was frustrated with the work the club have done in the transfer market, he said: "I'm not frustrated at all.

"First of all, we have a squad and we have already made progress. We are more pro-active than we were at the start.

"Second is the players who we have now signed. We are really happy with them. You can already see that they can contribute to the squad.

"The last thing is that we know what we want. It's not about signing players; it's about signing the right players.

"So, we are really planning it carefully and we are sticking to that and working hard to get the right players in to construct a good squad and a squad that can win games."

On whether Frenkie de Jong is the right player for the club, Ten Hag said: "I can't talk about a player who is not under contract at Manchester United."

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Erik Ten Haag has expressed his disappointment at Cristiano Ronaldo following his early departure from Old Trafford during Sunday's friendly with Rayo Vallecano

Ten Hag also believes wantaway striker Ronaldo can fit into his style.

"I think he can. It starts with him getting fit because he's only just started.

"He is a fantastic football player, and he has proved it so many times, but you are always judged on what you are presenting now and how you are performing now.

"So, the team and Cristiano himself has to prove it."

Follow the summer transfer window with Sky Sports

Who will be on the move this summer when the transfer window closes at 11pm on September 1?

Keep up-to-date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms. You can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News.

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