In Focus: Man United could struggle to tempt Sessegnon away from London

According to reports in The Mirror, Manchester United have joined Tottenham Hotspur in the battle to sign Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 17-year-old is in demand following a string of impressive performances throughout the campaign for the Championship outfit at left-back and further up the field, and he is yet to sign the professional contract that he has been offered by the Cottagers.

Sessegnon will be weighing up his options before committing his future to any club, but he certainly looks to have his choice of some of the best teams in the Premier League.

How well did he do this season?

He was brilliant.

The England Under-19 international was a key part of the Fulham side that reached the Championship play-offs – where they were beaten by Reading – and he scored an impressive five goals and provided a further three assists in 25 league appearances, as well as netting two more in three FA Cup outings.

His most impressive performance perhaps came away in the 3-1 win at Newcastle United, where he scored twice and then won a penalty, although he was denied a hat-trick as he wasn’t the club’s designated spot-kick taker.

How much would he cost?

Because of his age, a compensation fee would be due to Fulham that would either be agreed on between them and the buying club, or by a tribunal.

The story estimates that the amount could be £15m, and that could prove to be a bargain considering the potential he has already shown.

Could it spell the end for Luke Shaw at United?

Not necessarily, actually.

The fact that Sessegnon is just 17 would suggest that he won’t be a regular starter for United next season if he does make the move to Old Trafford, that could give Shaw yet another chance to stake his claim to be the first choice left-back next term.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, United will certainly face stiff competition from Tottenham with Sessegnon looking at the huge strides the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane have made under Mauricio Pochettino, while he could be looking to stay in London.

However, the draw of the Red Devils is a huge one and would be difficult to turn down for any young player.