When Tottenham were linked with Ryan Sessegnon at the beginning of the season, many had little or no knowledge of the 16-year-old who had been impressing for Fulham’s academy side.
Much has changes since then. Sessegnon scored his sixth goal of the season at Newcastle last weekend — pretty good for a left-back — and is now being linked with the country’s biggest clubs.
The fee mentioned back in August was £3 million, and there is still a chance of a cut-price deal while Sessegnon is on a youth contract.
But that might not be the case for too much longer. According to Football Insider, the defender has signed a pre-contract agreement with Fulham, which means he will turn professional on his 17th birthday in May.
That doesn’t mean Fulham will be able to keep him without a fight; it simply means they will be able demand far more money.
Mauricio Pochettino has an excellent track record with young players, and the club will use that as an incentive to persuade Sessegnon to join Spurs.
But with the pre-contract agreement reportedly signed, there’s a good chance Tottenham will be out-priced, potentially allowing a rival to swoop.
Spurs aren’t exactly lacking depth at left-back, but it would be huge statement of intent if the club managed to snap up one of the country’s most promising young talents.