In Focus: Tottenham to battle Man United for Sessegnon, but not in this window

According to Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur could face competition from Premier League rivals in the race to sign highly-rated Fulham defender Ryan Sessegnon, who is rated at £50m according to The Times, before the transfer window slams shut.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Sky Sports says that the Red Devils are showing “significant interest” in the 17-year-old, who has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young players in the Championship.

The left-back, who can also play further forward on that flank, only signed a new four-year deal with the Cottagers in June, but it hasn’t stopped the interest from English top flight clubs.

Sky Sports reported last week that Tottenham are keen on the England Under-19 international with doubts over Danny Rose’s future, but they were warned that it would take a huge offer to convince Fulham to cash in on him.

Sky Sports adds that while United would be willing to loan him back to the Championship side if they could complete a deal before next Thursday, owner Shahid Khan isn’t willing to entertain any offers for the starlet.

Why do United and Spurs want Sessegnon?

Despite the fact that he only turned 17 in May, the left-sided player has made a huge impression for Fulham in the Championship, and for his country at youth level.

Sessegnon scored an impressive seven goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for the Cottagers last term, including an impressive brace in his side’s 3-1 win against eventual champions Newcastle United at St James’ Park, when he played in a more advanced role on the left.

While he loves to get forward, the England Under-19 international also shows great maturity and is well aware of his defensive responsibilities, and he made 46 clearances and 11 interceptions in 23 Championship appearances last season.

In addition, he also won 27 tackles and showed his ability to move forward with the ball by successfully completing 19 take-ons.

Would he be a good signing for United or Spurs?

He certainly would be, albeit more one for the future.

Despite his impressive performances for club and country, it would be difficult to see Sessegnon become a starter for United or Spurs at the age of 17, but of course both Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino have shown that they aren’t afraid to blood younger players.

While a transfer looks unlikely now because of the reported £50m price tag, the two manager are likely to go head-to-head for his signature again in the future.