Man City enter the battle to sign £40m long-term Man United target dubbed as ‘the next Gareth Bale’

Ryan Sessegnon

Manchester City have joined cross-town rivals Manchester United as well as Tottenham in the race to sign Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon.

Pep Guardiola’s team have been in imperious form this season and are destined to win the Premier League this campaign as they have an 18-point advantage at the top of the League standings.

Despite being destined for greatness this season, City are showing no intent to slow down and are willing to spend more money this summer in order to bolster their side.

Last summer, City spent more than £200 million in order to bolster their side and brought in players including Kyle Walker, Ederson and Bernardo Silva. In January, they also broke their own transfer record by signing Aymeric Laporte for £57m from Athletic Bilbao.

Sessegnon is touted as one of the best upcoming English talents. Despite being just 17-years-old, Sessegnon has established himself as a regular for the Cottagers and has so far gone on to make 35 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring 14 goals.

The in-form youngster has earned himself comparisons to Real Madrid star Gareth Bale who initially started off as a defender before moving to a more attacking role later on in his career. The Sun suggests that Fulham could demand as much as £40 million for the signature of Sessegnon.

Fulham can brace themselves for big offers for the player and Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have also been reported to be interested. Fulham, meanwhile are currently fourth in the Championship standings behind Aston Villa, Cardiff City and Wolves.

The Cottagers have a good chance of winning promotion to the Premier League this season for the first time in four years.

If they do win promotion, then Fulham are likely to be more difficult to deal with. If that does not happen, then it may also be good for Sessegnon to spend at least another season with the club as it will allow him to get regular first-team football before he makes a move to Premier League with quality experience.

And with City showing signs of interest in the Fulham starlet, United should intensify their efforts if they are genuinely interested in the player.