This afternoon saw a transfer rumour that appeared dead for this summer reemerge for Tottenham Hotspur. The rumour involved Fulham’s dazzling left-sided talent Ryan Sessegnon.
Earlier this summer Tottenham were heavily linked with the Championship Player of the Year. The Times have reported Fulham want as much as £50 million for the teenager, after his excellent form in the Championship.
But it was made very clear early on this summer that Sessegnon was going nowhere. With Fulham promoted to the Premier League, the talented 18-year-old drifted out of Tottenham’s reach.
Then, suddenly, Tottenham were linked again today. As reported by Bleacher Report, Fulham had a ‘concern’ that Sessegnon could be the subject of an improved bid from Tottenham on deadline day.
A BBC journalist then stated that a deal had been proposed a few weeks ago, involving Danny Rose going the other way, but no deal could be reached. Sessegnon looks set to stay, with Fulham’s chairman Tony Khan insisting so on Twitter.
We’re not selling @ryansessegnon. We’ve never considered it! I couldn’t sit back and read these false rumors anymore, had to say something. Ryan’s key to this @fulhamfc squad; he’s one of the top young talents worldwide and in our plans for @premierleague success. Come on Fulham!
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) August 8, 2018
However, stranger things have happened and with Tottenham needing to placate fans frustrations, could they put a bid together in time.
Any permanent deal would have to involve Rose heading in the other direction. Another option, so Fulham would not need to find a replacement, would be for Tottenham to agree a deal which sees him remain at Fulham on loan.
Such deals have happened before. With Spurs struggling for a buyer for Rose, it would give them another year to find a party to take the England international on board.
Sessegnon is also much more than just a left-back, so Fulham could happily take Rose as part of any deal now, with Sessegnon still remaining at Craven Cottage. Tottenham have the impressive Kyle Walker-Peters waiting in the wings at left-back.
It seems unlikely. But Tottenham love to spring a deadline day shock. Could they do it with Sessegnon this summer?