Despite losing out in the Champions League final to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Mauricio Pochettino are set to waste no time in making a mark in the 2019 summer transfer window.
Amidst reported moves for the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and James Maddison, the Lilywhites are set to renew their interest from the 2018 window in Fulham prodigy Ryan Sessegnon, according to reports from Football London.
Sessegnon, 19, shot to prominence in Fulham’s promotion-winning season from the Championship in 2017/18, playing a starring role for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side as they charged to the Premier League via beating Aston Villa in the play-off final.
The English youngster was unable to assert a similar level of impressive performance in Fulham’s sole Premier League season, as the Cottagers crashed and burned amidst a flurry of transfer activity that ultimately led to West London side’s relegation from the top-flight.
But this has not deterred Spurs in their pursuit of Sessegnon, and whilst Daniel Levy was quoted £50m in the 2018 summer window, the 19-year-old’s potential fee will unquestionably have reduced owing to Fulham’s relegation and the requirement for funds in the absence of Premier League-sized TV rights deals.
Pochettino had given Spurs chairman Daniel Levy a candid ultimatum prior to their Champions League defeat in Madrid, stating that if he was to continue his work in North London, backing in the transfer window was paramount to his commitment.
As Spurs continue to line up moves across Europe, from La Liga in targeting Giovani Lo Celso to the Premier League in monitoring James Maddison, it is clear that Levy is aware that if he is to retain his managerial maestro, the Argentine must be backed.
A move for Sessegnon is likely to cost in the region of £40m, but as question marks continue to linger over the viability of Ben Davies and Danny Rose as long-term options for the Lilywhites, acquiring Sessegnon would provide a long-term option at left-back as well as buying one of England’s most promising players.
Sessegnon will star in the Premier League over the next decade, but Pochettino and Levy will be hoping that the Englishman opts to do so in the realms of North London.