Manchester United are preparing a £50 million swoop for Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon in the summer, with the winger said to be stalling over a new deal at Craven Cottage, according to The Express.
The two sides met in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime, with the Red Devils emerging comfortable 3-0 winners from the clash in London.
And whilst Sessegnon was quiet, along with many of his team-mates, in the defeat, it seems that it hasn’t put off the Old Trafford outfit from making a bid once the transfer window re-opens.
Having made his first-team debut as a 16-year-old in August 2016, the talented starlet established himself in the side over the remainder of that season, scoring a total of seven goals in 30 appearances across all competitions.
But it was the 2017-18 campaign in which he came to international attention, with his 15 Championship strikes instrumental in helping Fulham gain promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.
Rumours circulated that Sessegnon may be set to leave last summer, with United just one of a number of high-profile clubs who were linked with his signature.
However, he stayed put with the Whites and whilst he hasn’t exactly set the top flight alight, the 18-year-old has shown enough with his two goals five assists to suggest that he has a big future ahead of him at the highest level.
As for United, they are still without a permanent manager, although caretaker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put a compelling case forward for his own full-time appointment with an unbeaten 11-match run, and 10 wins, since he took the reigns in December.
Whether that uncertainty will affect their transfer policy remains to be seen, although given Sessegnon’s age and potential it’s likely the club will be in for him regardless, particularly if Fulham are unable to escape their current relegation predicament.
United face off against French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in midweek.