PSG Reportedly Join EPL Giants in Ryan Sessegnon Transfer Pursuit

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on April 27, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly ready to rival some of English football's biggest clubs in the chase for Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon. 

According to Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Mirror, the French champions have been impressed by the 17-year-old's incredible development this season and are ready to make a move for him at the end of the campaign.

"Sessegnon is a long-term target for Tottenham, and he is also on the radars of champions Manchester City and neighbours United," the piece continued. "But PSG are now pushing hard to try to land the starlet, who could cost up to £50 million. The French treble winners want to strengthen their left-hand side and have identified versatile Sessegnon as the player they want."

It's added that Fulham's chances of keeping hold of the prodigy will hinge on whether they can earn promotion to the Premier League. The London club meet Derby County in the semi-finals of the Championship playoffs.

Fulham came close to securing automatic promotion, finishing in third spot, and the form of Sessegnon was crucial to them getting that far. Per Sky Sports Statto, it's been an extraordinary season for the England youth international:

Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto

Ryan Sessegnon scores his 15th @SkyBetChamp goal of the season. Of the 32 players to score 15+ league goals in the top 4 divisions, only 2 are aged under 23 Diogo Jota (aged 21) Ryan Sessegnon (aged 17) https://t.co/xVHXnUMhdE

Having made his breakthrough into the team as a left-back last term, manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pushed the youngster into a more advanced position this year. He's excelled with extra freedom to roam forward.

Sessegnon has the pace and balance to cause issues for full-backs, while his relentless playing style means he is always looking to take on his marker.

What's set Sessegnon apart from players of his age is his apparent understanding of the game. It's something journalist David Cartlidge picked up on recently:

David Cartlidge @davidjaca

It wasn't so much that Millwall players couldn't catch him tonight, it's just that Sessegnon moved into areas and space that required smart thinking.

Moving to PSG would be a huge step up for him in terms of expectation, standards, pressure and the money he would earn. Playing with the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe would also be a significant culture shock.

Sessegnon will be hoping to fire Fulham into the Premier League.
Sessegnon will be hoping to fire Fulham into the Premier League.Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

With that in mind, a switch to another English side may be viewed as a more sensible choice at this juncture if Sessegnon is going to move on. But his current club will surely do all they can to keep him around.

According to the Swiss Ramble Twitter account, if Fulham were unable to secure promotion this season they may be under pressure to sell their prized assets:

Swiss Ramble @SwissRamble

#FFC finances would be transformed by promotion to the Premier League, but the danger is that if they fail to get there, they would almost certainly have to cut their cloth to meet FFP, including the possibility of selling major talents like Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney.

At this stage the ideal scenario for Sessegnon would be Fulham being promoted, playing consistent Premier League football in 2018-19 and potentially reassessing his options next year.

If they don't make it into the top flight some of European football's biggest names will surely circle in an attempt to pick off the prospect on the cheap. And given their riches and the world-class players at the club, PSG would be a fascinating prospect for one of the game's rising stars.


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