Premier League giants Manchester United are being linked with a move for wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon, who plays for Championship side Fulham, but it’s the London connection that can see the move being very difficult.
According to ESPN, United remain keen on signing the 17-year-old sensation, but fear that his desire to stay in London could hamper any chance of landing him. The London-born England U-19 international is expected to stay put in the capital, and that is a big blow for Jose Mourinho.
Fulham have been adamant that the versatile attacking player is not for sale, but they could be tempted if a top club comes in with a significant offer.
United’s Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur are said to be interested in the player, and being a London club, the odds are high that Sessegnon could see himself playing at Wembley rather than Old Trafford.
Sessegnon impressed for the Cottagers last season, and is touted to be a prime asset for the future. Spurs have played a crucial role in developing youngsters under manager Mauricio Pochettino, and have a host of England internationals in their side.
Apart from the London effect, the Fulham star could also be tempted to play under Poch and represent the senior team in the near future.
Jose is interested in signing a wing-back, and Sessegnon provides him that opportunity with his versatility and promise. But the Europa League champions do not have the London factor to tempt the young player, despite being a bigger and more successful club than Spurs.
The English prodigy is expected to garner at least £25 million, and Spurs will have to act quickly if they want a move to happen before the transfer deadline on August 31.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
Sports journalist with stints across print, digital and television. Contribution to each medium has been thrilling. Experienced in writing for this passionate game called football. Journalist by choice and passion.