Manchester United will have to break the record fee for a teenager in order to sign Ryan Sessegnon with Fulham slapping a £100 million price tag on the youngster.
According to The Sun, Manchester United’s summer pursuit of Ryan Sessegnon to fill up the left side of their defence has become even more challenging. While Tottenham remain a competitor, Fulham have now made the summer chase all the more testing, with the Championship outfit slapping a £100 million price tag on the teenage wonderkid.
Ryan Sessegnon’s rise at Fulham has been well documented. From being an up-and-coming left-back to being recognised as one of the hottest properties of the upcoming summer transfer window, Sessegnon’s displays have seen widespread interest from top clubs, with Manchester United, Tottenham, Real Madrid and several others.
That the 17-year-old swept the EFL awards while also becoming the only Championship teenager to be nominated for the Young Player of the Year Award among elite names like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Leroy Sane, has only accentuated the interest from clubs in the marauding left-back.
Comparisons with Gareth Bale have become a norm for the Fulham prodigy and perhaps, that is one reason why Manchester United want the youngster. The Welshman was a priority target for United before he chose to move to Real Madrid from Tottenham.
And while Manchester United are still linked to Bale, his injury-stricken history could be what sours United’s intent to spend the big bucks for the Real Madrid superstar.
Sessegnon, on the other hand, is just 17, and is already a superstar in his own right, often carrying Fulham with his talent, with reports that Gareth Southgate is even considering fast-tracking the defender into his plans for the England National Team.
That the youngster has 15 goals in the Championship itself, that too from the wide positions – be it left midfield or the left side of defence – has added millions to Fulham’s valuation for the Englishman.
The recent report though, states that Fulham have slapped a £100 million price tag on the 17-year-old. The Cottagers might just be placing the astronomical asking price to ward off the suitors, with only a slim chance of Fulham making the Premier League, having fallen behind Derby County by 1-0, with one leg still to go.
While Sessegnon remains committed to the cause of bringing Fulham to the Premier League, in case they fail to achieve that this season, the 17-year-old might just decide to warrant a move to secure Premier League football for the upcoming season.
With Fulham unlikely to be able to hold Sessegnon against his wishes, the £100 million asking price might be one way to deter the suitors and increase the probability of the 17-year-old staying beyond the summer. Chances are, they will get their wish, unless Sessegnon puts his foot down and demands a move.