Tottenham Hotspur value Fulham full-back Ryan Sessegnon at £25m this summer, per the Daily Mail.
Spurs have been attempting to sign the 19-year-old, who can also play on the left wing, for a number of transfer windows but have been unable to match the Cottagers’ £45m asking price.
However, the report states that this summer, the club are confident of reaching an agreement with the west Londoners for the youngster.
Indeed, Sessegnon reportedly has no intention of penning a new deal at Craven Cottage after their relegation to the Championship, with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season.
Are Spurs right, then, in their valuation of Sessegnon as they look to add to their squad this summer? Should they be looking to get this deal done rather than haggling over the fee, or are they potentially even prepared to part with more than they should?
Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts below!
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“It would have been a fair valuation given what was a slightly underwhelming debut Premier League campaign for Sessegnon. That was until Manchester United paid £45m up front for Aaron Wan-Bissaka however. The 21-year-old had only played 42 games for Palace, and with Sessegnon two years younger and having scored 25 goals and provided a further 18 assists in 120 games for Fulham – albeit the vast majority of those in the Championship – the west London outfit will surely value him in similar terms.
“A Premier League campaign in which he scored two goals, picked up six assists and wasn’t even a regular in the starting XI at times was hardly the impact the teenager would have liked to have made last term, but he still clearly has something about him. Tottenham faced a battle to get him for £25m anyway, but it could be an almost impossible task now if Fulham take a look at the business done by their fellow Londoners. If Spurs want Sessegnon that much, they should be prepared to raise their valuation.”
“Personally, if I were Daniel Levy, I wouldn’t be paying anything north of £20m for Sessegnon. He’s in the last year of his contract and has reportedly said that he wants to leave for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Spurs have all the power in this situation, and the 19-year-old simply isn’t worth £25m. The step up to the Premier League saw his goal tally decrease dramatically as he scored just twice for the Whites last term, and there is no guarantee that he would be good for Tottenham.
“He’s a massively unproven quantity at this level, and barring one incredible season in the Championship he hasn’t really shown any signs of becoming a top player. You could blame it on being a part of a poor squad at Craven Cottage, but his international performances have also been lacklustre as he is still yet to find the back of the net for England U21s.”
“I’ve always found it hard to work out Sessegnon and therefore it’s also quite hard to work out what a potential price tag could be for the utility player. Sessegnon is blessed with the ability to play in defence, midfield and all across the attack but he failed to really set the world alight in his debut campaign in the Premier League, scoring just twice after netting 16 the year before.
“If you combine those two seasons then £25m is probably a fair evaluation from Tottenham, especially considering he’s English and still a teenager. If Tottenham are willing to splash £65m on Tanguy Ndombele then it’s pretty clear they can afford to fork out a further £25m for the youngster. As for going higher than that or even matching Fulham’s own valuation, it seems like a bit of a risk considering there are no guarantees that Sessegnon will ever unleash his full potential.”