Fulham manager Scott Parker will be preparing for life in the Championship, but may need to do so without star full-back Ryan Sessegnon who is a target for Tottenham Hotspur, with current Spurs left-back Danny Rose likely to move on this summer, according to the print edition of the Sun on Sunday (June 16, Page 60).
Sessegnon, 19, is valued at £35million as per the printed report, and despite a relegation season that saw him score score two goals and make six assists in 35 appearances, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is a fan and seemingly sees him as a long-term Rose replacement.
So should Fulham look to sell with Spurs keen?
“I would if I were them.
“As good as he has been in the Championship, Sessegnon didn’t take to the Premier League like many expected him to do last season, and it feels as though Fulham have plenty of other assets to compete at the top end of the second tier this season.
“With his contract set to expire in 12 months, this could be Fulham’s last chance to get a decent fee for him, and one that could help them to further strengthen their squad in the summer at that.”
“They’d be crazy not to sell at that price.
“He only has a year remaining on his current deal and he won’t renew so his value will drastically reduce over the next few months.
“Sessegnon is a good young player Fulham will be disappointed to lose but £35m could go a long way in the Championship. They’ve done brilliantly to hold onto him for so long but now is the time for him to depart.”
“Yes, without a doubt.
“£35m is a huge sum of money, that’s four first team players they could bring in.
“Sessegnon is a decent lad, he’s far too good for the Championship but it’s pointless holding on to him for that money.
“What if he has a bad season? His value plummets.
“Get this business done now.”
“Sessegnon is a very talented player and I’m sure Fulham will be desperate to key hold of him, but they’re probably expecting to lose him sooner or later and it might not be a bad thing for them to sell him for £35million.
“He is entering the final year of his contract at Fulham, so the club may be tempted to cash in on him now, rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next year.
“Scott Parker would be able to use the £35m to find a good replacement and significantly strengthen his squad in other areas, so perhaps Fulham should consider selling.”
“It should be a no-brainer.
“Sessegnon has already voiced his intentions to move on from Fulham before the season gets underway, and they should definitely be accepting any bids in the region of £35m.
“There’s no doubting he’s a player with a bright future ahead of him, but Fulham could reinvest the money from him to strengthen other areas of their squad as they prepare for life back in the Championship.”