Speculation on the summer transfer window rumour mill linking Tottenham Hotspur with a move for relegated Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon has been well covered, well stated and well rehashed so far this summer.
The coverage at this time of year is constant and contradictory and that doesn’t just apply to our apparent chase for 19-year-old Sessegnon, as at points it was even suggested that we were looking to do a double deal involving his brother, Steven, but nothing came of that.
Having apparently already bid £20million, the latest twist is we haven’t submitted an offer full stop and with Fulham presumably knowing there’s not a cat in hell’s chance of them holding out for £50million for him, the Sun have claimed this weekend that Inter Milan are now sniffing around him.
If Spurs do have an interest in Sessegnon though, this to me plays squarely into our hands when it comes to not overpaying for the talent, especially in light of how he struggled in the Premier League last season.
With only 12 months left on his contract and a seeming refusal to sign any new deal, Fulham simply have to decide if it’s this window or next. This window £20-30million is more than fair given his development curve. Come January that’s definitely down to £15/20million tops given his contract situation. But in January there’s another aspect to consider, he can sign a pre-contract abroad and all Fulham would then be entitled to is training compensation and the report states that would net them only £500,000.
A tribunal in this country would undoubtedly award more but it’s doubtful it would be in double figures.
The question isn’t so much what are Spurs willing to pay, it’s more a case of how much do Fulham fancy losing?