By Editor Wayne Veysey
Highly rated Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon has signed a pre-contract with the club, Football Insider sources understand.
Sessegnon is still on a scholarship contract at the Championship outfit and cannot pen a professional deal until he turns 17 in May.
But Fulham have moved to protect themselves from the Premier League big hitters queuing up to land the brilliant teenage left-back for a bargain price.
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that Sessegnon has already penned a pre-contract with the west Londoners stipulating that he will sign a formal professional agreement at the earliest opportunity, which will be his birthday on 18 May.
Super clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are interested in signing the left-sided flyer this summer.
The pre-contract will give Fulham greater negotiating should the big guns still come calling in the next transfer window.
The source told Football Insider that Spurs have been closely tracking Sessegnon since he was 14 but they have been unable to prise him from Craven Cottage.
The youngster, who can play at both left-back and on the left wing, has made huge strides this season as well as demonstrating a rare eye for goal from a full-back.
He has scored six goals in the campaign, including two in Fulham’s stunning 3-1 win at Newcastle last Saturday, and also weighed in with three assists, remarkable tallies for a player who is not only foremost a defender but also one who is so young.
Fulham have an excellent reputation for developing young players, with Celtic’s Moussa Dembele and Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts among those who have graduated from one of the most impressive academies in English football.
Football Insider verdict:
Ridiculously talented and precocious? Yes. Destined for the top? Absolutely. Assuming his body stays strong, there appears no limit to what Sessegnon can achieve. Fulham have known for some time they have a remarkable young player on their hands and the big boys have been beating a path to the Cottage to try and persuade the youngster to up sticks. It will take the promise of big cash for Fulham to cave in. History tells us they eventually will – the Dembele and Roberts exits are proof of that – but a huge sum could first pass hands.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.