Tottenham Hotspur run the risk of losing out on Fulham star Ryan Sessegnon this summer after Love Sport Radio reported that Crystal Palace had opened talks with the club over signing the 19-year-old.
Spurs have been heavily linked with a potential move for the teenager, with Mauricio Pochettino looking to refresh his squad after finishing fourth in the Premier League and reaching the Champions League final.
A full-back who can also play as a winger, Sessegnon is an England Under-21 international.
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He played a key role in the club’s promotion to the Premier League in the 2017/18 season and then made 38 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring two goals and registering six assists.
Love Sport Radio report that Spurs have yet to actually formalise their interest this summer, while Palace have entered into negotiations with the club.
Is Spurs’ negotiating tactic correct, though, with chairman Daniel Levy seemingly trying to secure a deal for the lowest possible fee?
Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts below!
“I don’t think Palace’s link with Sessegnon should affect anything that Tottenham are doing in regards to that move. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium seems to be the youngster’s preferred destination, and he has enough loyalty to Fulham to not make the move to Palace. Daniel Levy has proven himself time and time again to be a tough negotiator and rushing into things isn’t his style at all. He is absolutely right to bide his time with this one as it may help Spurs get a better deal for the teenager. Unless another top-six team shows a significant interest in the youngster then they shouldn’t change their plans surrounding this transfer.”
“Tottenham are completely right to bide their time on this one, as they know they are in pole position for Ryan Sessegnon’s signature.
“Crystal Palace may have made a move for the Fulham man, but it has already been widely reported in the media that the teenager wants to join Spurs.
“With the youngster’s desire to want to link up with Mauricio Pochettino, it is now up to the north London outfit to agree a fee with their neighbours from the capital.
“Palace may be ready to launch their own bid for Sessegnon, but it shouldn’t be one that Tottenham are unable to match themselves if that time comes.
“Daniel Levy can do nothing more with this one right now.”
“Personally, I think Spurs will be making a massive mistake if they allow Sessegnon the chance to go elsewhere this summer. Danny Rose won’t be around forever, Ben Davies is simply not good enough, evidenced by his measly 20 league starts in 18/19, and where else will you find a 19-year-old with Premier League experience, speed, versatility and goal threat? All that with just one year left on his contract making him reasonably priced; this move should be a no brainer really.”