After Tottenham deal reportedly agreed, ambush from champions means heartbreak is on the cards
By Richard Parks
It would be heartbreaking for Tottenham if their lengthy pursuit of Ryan Sessegnon ends in failure at the last minute.
That appears to be a growing reality after Paris Saint-Germain ambushed a deal that multiple sources have claimed in recent weeks is all but done.
The Times claim the super-rich French giants have “complicated” Spurs’ pursuit of the £50-million Fulham sensation and are willing to pay what it takes to sign him this summer.
It comes after French football site Paris United claim Sessegnon has agreed personal terms with the north Londoners, who have also agreed a deal with his club Fulham.
Paris United report the only hurdle remaining to the transfer is whether Sessegnon joins this summer or is loaned back to the west Londoners next season, with the latter to happen if Fulham succeed in winning the Championship play-offs.
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The new transfer twist suggests there is more than one hurdle to Tottenham pushing the deal over the line.
The last thing Spurs chief Daniel Levy, ever wary of the bottom line, wants is for the waters in the pursuit of Sessegnon to be muddied by a club willing to pay the earth for a player with the world at his feet.
Left-back turned left-winger Sessegnon has emerged as one of Europe’s most coveted players on the back of his performances in the Championship, which are jawdropping given that he does not turn 18 until later this month.
He has made the Championship team of the season in his first two campaigns – aged just 16 and 17 – and was named the division’s best player for 2017-18. In 49 appearances for Fulham this season, he has scored 15 goals, including a remarkable 11 in a goal-machine style spell since Boxing Day.
Spurs have put a lot of groundwork into a deal for Sessegnon and appear a good fit for the player given Mauricio Pochettino’s track record of developing young players.
He could also expect to play regularly without the fear of being burned out at such a young age by 90 minutes twice a week, as has been the case at Fulham this season.
But there will be great anxiety among top brass at White Hart Lane that PSG are now in the race.
The recently-crowned French champions have the funds to blow them, and most other clubs, out of the water.