Manchester United emerged from the left field to enter the race to sign Fulham’s 17-year-old starlet Ryan Sessegnon.
Hailed as one of the Championship’s finest young players, Sessegnon was expected to move to Tottenham this summer with the Lilywhites 2/1 favourites to sign the defender. However, the north London club are close to sealing a deal for Serge Aurier, Paris St Germain’s disruptive 24-year-old full back and are believed to no longer be interested in the Craven Cottage youngster.
However, Sky Sports claims that Jose Mourinho is keen to land the promising and versatile left back and shift Luke Shaw, 22, onto pastures new as he is unimpressed by the former Southampton defender’s fitness levels and ability to play the tactics the Portuguese requires.
Sessegnon had an impressive debut season at Craven Cottage, scoring 7 goals in 30 first team appearances across all competitions. His form attracted attention of a number of big clubs but so far only that from United and Spurs has materialised into a genuine pursuit of the youngster.
The summer served to enhance his reputation further. Sessegnon was a member of England’s victorious Under-19 squad which was victorious at the European Championships in Georgia. With three goals – two of which came in the crushing 4 – 1 win over Germany – he ended as the tournament’s joint top-scorer, re-emphasising his importance at both ends of the pitch.