Why Tottenham transfer target Ryan Sessegnon would rather sign for Spurs than join Man Utd | Football | Sport
Spurs boss Pochettino tried to sign the England Under-21 star last summer, but the Cottagers managed to keep hold of him by securing promotion to the Premier League.
Now it appears that a £20m deal is closing in for Tottenham, in what would be Sessegnon’s ideal move following Fulham’s relegation back down to the Championship.
He could have signed for Manchester United instead of Spurs, but instead held out for a move to north London.
United already have a number of left-sided players in their squad, including Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, the versatile Diogo Dalot and Alexis Sanchez.
Meanwhile, Spurs look set to sell their first-choice left-back Danny Rose this summer, after he was left out of squad for their pre-season tour of Asia.
Tottenham are closing in on the deal for Sessegnon, which would ultimately allow Fulham to dip into the transfer market, according to The Telegraph.
The reported fee for the 19-year-old is £20m, plus a few additional clauses.
But Fulham are interested in signing either Josh Onomah or Georges-Kevin Nkoudou from Spurs.
Including either of them in the deal could help to bring the overall cost down.
Sessegnon was widely praised for his role in Fulham’s promotion-winning campaign in 2017/2018.
He scored 15 league goals in the Championship, and was named the EFL Championship Player of the Season.
The starlet was also the first ever player to be nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, despite not currently playing in the top flight.
Last season, Sessegnon made 35 league appearances for the Cottagers in the Premier League, scoring two goals and recording six assists.