Transfer Focus: Sessegnon would add depth and flexibility to Man United’s left flank

Manchester United have made initial contact with Fulham about a summer transfer move for teenage prospect Ryan Sessegnon, as reported by Sky Sports.

What’s the story?

The transfer vultures are circling on the Cottagers’ squad ahead of the upcoming summer window after their relegation back to the Championship, and there’s no more exciting talent at Craven Cottage right now than Sessegnon.

Sky Sports say United are looking to take advantage of the situation by becoming the first club to make official contact with the London side about the 19-year-old’s future.

The outlet reckon Tottenham and Juventus are also interested though, so there will be some competition to convince the prospect his future lies at Old Trafford.

Sessegnon, who has a market value of £31.5m according to Transfermarkt, is said to be keen on a move away from his club, not eager to return to the second-tier after experiencing life in the top-flight.

Is he ready for the big time?

The teenager has been attracting transfer buzz for quite a while now after his inspired form last season helped Fulham escape the Championship and win promotion to the Premier League.

It was a season he scored 16 goals and assisted eight times, thrilling supporters whether playing as a full-back or an unleashed out-and-out winger. That flank flexibility has continued into this season, although the step up in competition has clearly had a negative impact on his overall form.

There are certainly question marks about his ability to find consistency at Premier League level, never mind a top six side like United, but he has played an excellent amount of games for his age and his explosive potential is now ready to be nurtured.

Where does he fit in at United?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to end the marquee signing era at United and usher in a new transfer policy of signing young players he can develop, as reported by The Sun.

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In that sense Sessegnon clearly fits the profile.

With United needing competition and back-up for Luke Shaw, while also seeking fresh ideas in attack, the signing of Sessegnon could solve a number of left flank problems for the Old Trafford boss.