By Tom Blackburn
Manchester City have joined the race to sign Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon, according to a report.
The left-back, 16, has been dubbed ‘the new Gareth Bale’ after impressing scouts at Premier League elite clubs with his performances in youth football.
The Daily Mail claims that Pep Guardiola is interested in the player who Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Man United have all made enquiries about.
The Evening Standard report on Tuesday that offers of £3million for Sessegnon have been discussed with Spurs and his other main suitors Arsenal and Liverpool.
But the Mail suggest nearly there is now big competition for the highly rated youngster from the Manchester giants.
Neverthesless, it is reported that the Cottagers are in no rush to sell the wonderkid and would hold out for a much higher fee than £3million.
Sessegnon is coached by the academy spearheaded by the highly-rated Huw Jenkins, who has helped develop Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Moussa Dembele and Patrick Roberts.
Football Insider revealed in February that Arsenal had made an offer for the England Under-16 captain, who has been dubbed ‘the next Gareth Bale’ by sources at Craven Cottage.
Sessegnon has been targeted by the Premier League elite following a series of impressive displays for age group teams.
He made his first appearance against Leyton Orient in the EFL Cup last week as he provided further evidence of his precocity and followed that up with his league debut in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Leeds.
Sessegnon is one of the most highly-rated young players at the prolific Fulham academy, which has produced a number of outstanding young talents in recent years, including Dembele and Roberts.
He is an attacking left-back who is a prolific goal creator and scorer, much like Bale was when he was coming through the ranks at Southampton.
Sessegnon, whose brother Steve is also on Fulham’s books, scored three goals in six matches for England Under-16s and has now progressed to England Under-17s, making two appearances at that level.
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