Ryan Sessegnon is currently one of the hottest properties of English football, thanks to his stunning form for Championship outfit Fulham. The 17-year-old, who finished as joint top-scorer at the European Under-19 Championship in June with 3 goals, has been tracked by Premier League’s elite clubs.
Manchester United are one of them and are likely to win the race for his signature when the transfer window reopens in January. It is believed United scouts have been watching Sessegnon for quite some time and are now willing to strike a deal with Fulham.
Jose Mourinho has reportedly stepped up his efforts to sign the England youth star after he scored a hat-trick in last month’s 5-4 win at Sheffield United.
According to The Sun, Mourinho is ready to bid £25million before allowing Sessegnon to see out the season with Fulham. United are prepared to move swiftly to make sure they land the youngster ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.
United already have Luke Shaw on the books at Old Trafford, although his long-term future at the club looks in serious doubt with him having failed to impress Mourinho. But until at least the end of the season, the England international is expected to stay with the Red Devils, with the left-back determined to fight back for his place instead of giving up.
That means it would pave way for United to sign Sessegnon in January and loan him back to Fulham for the remainder of the season to continue his development with regular senior football.
Despite usually operating as a left-back, Sessegnon is also capable of operating further up the field and has gained a reputation as one of English football’s brightest attacking talents.
The teenager has scored 4 goals and 2 assists in 23 appearances for the Cottagers this term. He became the first 17-year-old kid to score a hat-trick in any of the top four divisions of English football since Dele Alli, when he inspired Fulham to a 5-4 win over Sheffield United in November.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is firm in keeping the teenage sensation at the club but admitted he is unsure whether Sessegnon will remain at Craven Cottage.
“If we want to be competitive we must keep our important players,” he was quoted in a report by Express.
“All the questions are what the value of this player is, but myself, as a coach, I prefer to stay with the more important players for the competition that is ahead of us, but on the other side I can understand the business side too.
“In this moment, I am not thinking of being without him for the season, but it is not under my control,” the Fulham manager added.
If United are really interested in signing Sessegnon, they have to act fast as the competition is thick and growing.