Ryan Sessegnon has been linked to Tottenham Hotspur for years.
Mauricio Pochettino and the scouts at Spurs have clearly had their eyes on Sessegnon since he first burst into Fulham’s senior squad at just 16-years-old, and now they might finally be about to get him.
According to the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick, Spurs are “hopeful” of signing Sessegnon in the next week, and the deal doesn’t depend on the future of Danny Rose.
Spurs remain hopeful of signing Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon in the next week too, with the deal not believed to be dependent on Danny Rose’s future. Transfer-listed Rose returned to the squad for the Audi Cup this week and, again, Spurs are conscious that most of the interest has come from overseas clubs, such as PSG and Juventus, who have until the end of the month to add to their squads. Sessegnon, 19, has one year left on his Fulham contract and his versatility is such that he would still be a useful member of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad if Rose stays put.
When Spurs have been linked with Sessegnon in the past, the transfer fees being rumored have been quite high. Fulham wanted upwards of £30 million for him, but now the fees being reported are lower. If he comes to Spurs, multiple reports say it will be for around £20-25 million.
Fulham kind of have to sell the 19-year-old now. He stayed with them for their Premier League season after promotion, but now they’ve been relegated and he has apparently told the West Londoners that he wants to leave.
Sessegnon had a down year last year in what was a one-and-done season in the top flight for Fulham. He had only two goals and six assists in 2018/19, a paltry number compared to the 16 goals and 8 assists he had in the Championship the year before. But he’s an England international and there’s still no doubting that he has the talent to be an elite player.
It’s just still unclear where exactly he will play. Kilpatrick says here that Pochettino sees Sessegnon as versatile, which suggests that he’ll play both at left wing back and at left wing, and probably at left midfield too. Most of his success in his career has come from bombing down the left side of the field, and in Pochettino’s system he can do that in a few different positions.
Adding Sessegnon would leave Spurs with three capable left backs. Ben Davies is recovering from surgery, and Danny Rose now looks set to stay at the club after he had sat out the Asia tour to look for a transfer. Rose is now back in the fold, as he played a big part in Spurs’ Audi Cup win, and hasn’t been subject of too many stories linking him away.
The transfer window closes on August 8th, which is in just six days. If this move is ever going to really happen, it will be soon.