Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon. The 16-year-old made his Championship debut last week against Leeds United – and is already attracting the interest of clubs in the Premier League.
United watched Sessegnon become the first player born in the current millennium to feature in the Football League, but have been informed by Fulham that they are not willing to sell the sought-after defender, according to the Daily Mail.
In addition to United, Sessegnon is already attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The England under-16 international has made impressive progress through Fulham's academy and is considered to be among the best young players in the country.
Sessegnon proved his credentials to play in the first team when he found the net against Cardiff City, thereby becoming the division's youngest-ever goalscorer. But his Fulham teammate Kevin McDonald thinks Sessegnon's long-term interests are best served by staying at Craven Cottage rather than moving to a club like United.
"Ryan's at a great club to learn his trade and progress," McDonald said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. "The experience he's getting in games and training with the players every day is good for him. I'm sure he will continue kicking on. He has everything in his locker to be a top player and it's up to him how he does it."
Meanwhile, Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has tried to play down the excitement that surrounds the reported United transfer target. "He is a very interesting project as a player, but it is better not to put him under any pressure," Jokanovic explained.
"He is a young player and he will participate in the future and help us. He has many years of being a player ahead of him."