Fulham left-back, Ryan Sessegnon is on the radar of clubs like PSG, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham.
At the tender age of 17, Ryan Sessegnon has the world at his feet. His signature is being courted by some of the biggest clubs in world football. Ever since he made his debut with Fulham, he has been seriously admired by many coaches. But who exactly is he? Find out below:
Meet Ryan Sessegnon, a 17-year-old already valued at £30m.
The Englishman only signed his first professional contract in June last year, after rejecting a £20m bid from Tottenham. He scored three goals in the European Under-19 Championship last year, becoming the joint-top scorer in the competition. Sessegnon has since seen his stock rise exponentially, impressing pundits and coaches alike.
He scored seven goals in his first season with Fulham, thereby, being included in the PFA Championship Team of the Year. The Englishman created a record in his debut season when he became the first professional British footballer, born in the 2000’s and score a goal in the Championship. His performances saw him being linked to Spurs, as they tabled an offer last summer. After a lengthy period of speculation, the wonder-kid opted to continue his development at Craven Cottage.
However, Sessegnon is now being chased by Manchester United while Spurs have reignited their interest. Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Liverpool are also known to be keeping tabs on the youngster. He has already matched his tally of seven goals, equivalent to last year, including a brilliant hat-trick against Sheffield United this season. The big teams saw him become the first 17-year-old to score a hat-trick across any of the top four divisions of English football, since Dele Alli achieved the feat back in March 2014.
For a versatile two-footed lad, who can play anywhere across the left flank, the Red Devils are reportedly preparing an offer of £25 million. Jose Mourinho is keen to address a weak position in his ranks, with Spurs likely to follow them. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will hope he can sign Sessegnon due to Spurs’ rich history of developing young Brits.
With the potential list of buyers increasing day by day, Fulham has stated clearly that the Englishman won’t be sold in January. Vice-chairman Tony Khan has poured cold water on speculation regarding a January move. He said,”As it’s been the subject of a great deal of speculation, I’d like to announce that Ryan Sessegnon is staying with Fulham football club and will not be departing during this January transfer window. Ryan is a very important part of the Fulham family, and we’re grateful that he’ll be with us as we fight to achieve promotion this season.”
There is a widespread belief at Fulham that they can hold on to their man for another year if they manage to clinch promotion to the Premier League this season. Indeed, Sessegnon is in deep love with the London outfit, but will that be enough to turn down a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join Manchester United?
Sessegnon has a massive opportunity awaiting him, whether he takes it, is his personal choice. Renowned sports blogger Jimmy Bullard recently urged the youngster to cash in on any big money offers the 17-year-old receives. Although he still has his best years ahead of him, which is exactly why I think he should stay with Fulham for maybe a little longer.
Neymar had the opportunity to join Europe’s top clubs when he was still young, but he waited for the perfect time before joining Barcelona. The 17-year-old should take this as an example, and stay a little patient before taking the leap of faith. Expect a bidding war among the Premier League elites for a player who was rated highly in the 100 Best Teenagers of the World list, by FourFourTwo.
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