Manchester United have opened talks with Fulham regarding the transfer of Ryan Sessegnon, according to reports.
The 19-year-old is also said to be attracting interest from Juventus and Spurs but – according to Sky Sports – the Red Devils appear to be the only club to have made official contact so far.
Sessegnon to United? Five things to know…
- Sessegnon made his senior debut in August 2016 aged just 16 years and 81 days old.
- To date, he’s bagged 25 goals in 115 games for Fulham.
- But only two of them have come in the Premier League, who can play left-back and left wing.
- That hasn’t stopped speculation linking him with United, Spurs and Juventus.
- According to reports, United are the first club to open official talks with the Englishman.
Sessegnon scored 20 goals in 71 games at Championship level during the two seasons before Fulham were promoted to the Premier League but, with the Cottagers suffering relegation this season, the England Under-21 international now appears reluctant to play another season in the second tier.
Despite scoring just two goals in his maiden Premier League campaign, Sessegnon remains one of the most sought after young players in Europe and – given that he only has one more year left to run on his contract – this summer is likely to represent Fulham’s best chance of securing the £40 million they reportedly value the teenager at.
Just last month, Sessegnon appeared sceptical regarding his future at Fulham, failing to give a convincing answer when grilled about his plans beyond this season.
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“I’m still a Fulham player, contracted until 2020,” Sessegnon told Sky Sports News in April.
“So I’m still a Fulham player and in terms of that, that’s all I can say at the moment.”
Solskjaer: I want to sign the best people
This summer presents Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with his first chance to truly overhaul the Manchester United squad, with a number of ins and outs being speculated on a day-to-day basis.
But rather than drop individual names, the Norwegian has instead revealed what kind of character he is looking to add to his dressing room.
“We’ve tried to educate our players and our kids to be proper people,” Solskjaer said. “In my view, the best players have always been the best people.
“You have to have that value system and a certain kind of attitude about you to make a Man United player.
“You have got to have the qualities and our fans want to see exciting players. Of course, we want to get up from our seats. We want to see defenders who defend like they’re doing it for their lives – that’s the most important thing.
“When we start games (against big clubs), our fans clap a striker making a tackle. It’s always been in our culture. You have to have that work ethic and we’re scouting the market, trying to find the right ones.”