Borussia Dortmund looking to beat Man Utd and Tottenham to Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon by Metro Phil HaighSunday 7 Apr 2019 3:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Video Settings Advertisement Read More Read More struggling Manchester United captain Harry… Read More Top articles Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 Advertisement Comment Read More Read More Sessegnon is out of contract at the end of next season (Picture: Getty Images)In that situation, the German side would have to pay Fulham compensation for Sessegnon, but it could be around £500,000.The price being quoted for the England U21 international this summer is £50m, so waiting six months would be preferable for his suitors.It was thought that Tottenham were leading the race to sign the Fulham man, and they will likely make an offer to try and encourage the Cottagers to do business this summer, rather than lose the player for very little in January.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySessegnon has not made the impact in the Premier League he would have hoped for this season, in his first campaign in the top flight.He has made 30 league appearances, scoring two goals, but has struggled to hold down a place in the starting XI and impress on a regular basis.Former Arsenal and England midfielder Paul Merson has certainly not thought much of the Fulham man’s performances.‘I’d be surprised [if someone paid £40m for Sessegnon],’ Merson said on Sky Sports. ‘I think last season, you would have got £40 million for him. Not playing in the Premier League. Potential. Very good in the Championship.‘He is has come up and if I am being honest, he has looked like he doesn’t feel like he should be there. He looked a bit lost sometimes. And I know he’s only 18 and he’s a kid, but I don’t think he has shown anything all season.’MORE: Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho appears to rule out Manchester United and Chelsea transferMORE: Manchester United are considering Jordan Pickford as David de Gea’s replacement The teenager is considering that path, according to the Sun, which would allow Dortmund to sign him on a pre-contract deal in January. Skip SPONSORED Ryan Sessegnon is attracting plenty of interest (Picture: Getty Images)Borussia Dortmund are hoping to win the race for Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and even get the youngster on a free transfer.The 18-year-old has already made over 100 appearances for the west London side, and after their relegation from the Premier League a number of big clubs are circling for his signature.Tottenham and Manchester United are interested in signing the left-sided teenager, but Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have also entered the fray.There is even the possibility that Dortmund will get Sessegnon for free if he decides to play out the final year of his contract in the Championship with Fulham.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Full Screen / 1 min. story About Connatix V67539 Skip Ad Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop PLAY Coming Next
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