Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Plan Move for Ryan Sessegnon, Top RumoursApril 15, 2016
Liverpool are planning to battle Arsenal for Fulham’s England under-16 captain Ryan Sessegnon.
The 15-year-old prodigy, considered one of the country’s top young talents, has been previously pursued by the Gunners after they attempted to sign the left-sided talent for £3 million on transfer deadline day, per John Cross of the Mirror.
The Cottagers are understood to be reluctant sellers, and Arsenal are aware they must move fast to usurp Liverpool’s interest, according to Cross. Both Premier League clubs have “made it clear” they will vie for the youngster, potentially triggering a bidding war.
Bruce Archer of the Express said the player has been dubbed “a young Gareth Bale,” and Arsenal were willing to part with cash-plus Serge Gnabry for the teenager.
UEFA.com classed Sessegon as a defender, but Bale started his career as a left-back at Southampton due to his pace and physical qualities.
Comparisons to Bale are premature, but the talented player could become an attacking force as he matures.
In other news, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp might have to rethink his forward line after reports suggested Divock Origi and Christian Benteke could leave Anfield.
Per Italian outlet CalcioMercato.com (via Jamie Anderson in the Daily Star), Juve "will consider a swoop later this year" after Origi impressed during his performances for the Reds this term.
The 20-year-old Belgium international has hit nine goals in all competitions this season, according to WhoScored.com, including a vital strike against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final at Anfield.
CalcioMercato.com (via TalkSport) also claimed the Italian giants could be prepared to spend £20 million to sign out-of-favour Benteke, with Klopp likely to sell the striker this summer.
However, the German appears keen to develop Origi, according to BBC Sport's Conor McNamara:
While Benteke has been a flop on Merseyside, it would appear unlikely Klopp will allow Origi to leave, especially while Daniel Sturridge’s injury record remains worrying.
Origi has rapidly improved in a Liverpool shirt and appears ready for a breakout season next term as Klopp formulates a team of his own players.