Date: 17th April 2019 at 7:30am
Written by: Alan Johnson

According to Mike McGrath of The Sun, Tottenham are leading the race for Ryan Sessegnon. The Mirror say he wants to remain in London. Spurs have competition from Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund for Sessegnon’s signature, but how much will the Fulham wide-man cost?

The 18-year-old had a £50m asking price before Fulham’s relegation was confirmed, but Transfermarkt and Capology say his market value is currently £31.5m. Sessegnon could be sold for much cheaper, however, as his contract expires in 2020 and he’s turned down the chance to sign an extension.

He’ll leave Fulham for nothing next year if he’s not sold this summer or in January, so the ball is in Tottenham’s court. Mousa Dembele is Fulham’s record departure, joining Spurs in 2012 for £15m, but that could be broken by Sessegnon. Tottenham won’t overpay for a player not guaranteed a starting place.

The midfielder’s transfer fee should be affordable, and his wage demands won’t break the bank either. Sessegnon signed his first professional contract in 2017 and hasn’t agreed an improved deal, so he’s not going to be on a lot of money compared to the average Premier League player.

Spotrac say he’s the lowest earner in the Fulham squad on £416k-a-year/£8k-per-week, but FIFA believe he takes home closer to £20k-per-week. Regardless, Tottenham won’t break the bank to bring him to the club – £20m-£30m (transfer fee) and £1m-a-year (wages) approx.

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