Tottenham handed blow as Fulham prepare Sessegnon extension

Fulham are set to open contract renewal talks with long-term Tottenham target Ryan Sessegnon, according to The Mail.

What’s the word?

Tottenham continue to shine under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino and the Argentine boss continues to earn praise for his development of young talents, having helped to craft Dele Alli and Harry Winks into England internationals.

Spurs have been linked with long-term interest in Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon, who became the first player born this side of the millennium to score in the Premier League at the weekend but have suffered a blow in their pursuit of the 18-year-old.

The Mail states Fulham are set to open negotiations regarding a new deal with the teenage talent as he is set to enter the final 18 months of his current deal, which will make it more expensive for Spurs to complete a deal.

Could he still sign?

The short answer is yes as it is a well-known fact that even a long-term contract does not guarantee a player will stay at his current side. However, a new deal for Sessegnon would increase his price significantly – and that could cause an issue.

Tottenham are eagerly awaiting a move to their new stadium and could be hit with financial implications once the switch goes ahead, just like arch-rivals Arsenal a decade ago, and this could derail their plans to sign Sessegnon.

Already valued at £31.5m, Fulham will command an even bigger fee if they are to approve a departure for the 18-year-old and that price will increase further if Sessegnon is secured to a new long-term deal.