Klopp confident of Liverpool signing the next Gareth Bale for bargain £10m - report
By Alex Stevens
Liverpool are confident of beating Tottenham and Everton to the signing of Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon this summer, according to a report.
The Sun claim Anfield manager Jurgen Klopp believes he can trump his top-flight rivals to the signature of one of the outstanding young players in English football.
It is said that Sessegnon, 16, is regarded as the next Gareth Bale given the impact he has made since entering the professional game as a flying left-back, the position where the Real Madrid star began his career.
The Sun report that the teenager may cost £10million although any deal is likely to be structured based on his performances.
That fee may prove to be a bargain for the youngster, who is unable to sign professional terms with Fulham until he turns 17 in May.
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Sessegnon is so highly rated among his peers that he was last week named in the PFA Championship team of the season despite his tender age.
Liverpool are looking for a long-term solution at left-back who can also provide competition in the short-term for regular James Milner.
Klopp regards strengthening in the position as a priority as he prepares to sell the erratic Alberto Moreno during the summer window.
Sessegnon, who can play at both left-back and on the left wing, has made elite clubs sit up and take notice with his precocious Championship displays this season.
He has scored seven goals from 28 first-team matches in the campaign, including two in Fulham’s stunning 3-1 win at Newcastle last month, 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.
Football Insider verdict:
There is not so much a queue to sign Sessegnon, as a stampede. Ridiculously talented and precocious, he would be a marvellous signing for any club whose manager is willing to put his faith in youth and hone them on the training pitch. Liverpool and Sessegnon appear an ideal fit. Klopp is renowned for his development of outstanding young players, and 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. A huge sum could still pass hands to push the deal through but, for a team crying out for a long-term left-back option, this could be a fabulous signing for Liverpool.