The surprise German title challengers Red Bull Leipzig have joined the host of top clubs considering a move for Fulham’s teenage full back Ryan Sessegnon in January, according to a report in tonight’s Evening Standard.
Bayern Munich have also been mentioned as monitoring the sixteen year-old’s impressive progressive, but the Standard’s revelation that Leipzig, who are currently level on points with the Bavarian giants at the top of the Bundesliga, have been scouting Sessegnon extensively is a new development. They have signed young British talent previously, having paid approximately £13m for Nottingham Forest’s Scottish winger Oliver Burke in the summer.
The Standard report states that Fulham are unlikely to entertain approaches for Sessegnon, who has now featured in ten senior games for the club, and the club are confident of signing the teenager to a pre-contract agreement, which would trigger his first professional deal when he turns 17. The England youth international has taken to first team football incredibly comfortably, rotating with Scott Malone at left back, since making his senior debut against Leyton Orient in an EFL Cup tie back in August.
Sessegnon, whose domestic suitors include Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham, has scored twice this season, with his first strike against Cardiff making him the youngest ever scorer in a Championship match. He also earned the Whites a point in stoppage time against Burton Albion in October.