Real and Manchester clubs chase 'next Bale'
Posted: 6 March 2018 Time: 10:00
Real Madrid and the Premier League elite clubs are on high alert over the potential availability of the 'next Gareth Bale' making waves in the English Football League.
Versatile teenager Ryan Sessegnon from Championship side Fulham has attracted major attention for his services since making his debut for the Cottages at the tender age of 16, as a promising left-back.
And just one year later, Los Blancos, Manchester United and Manchester City are all lining up off-season moves for the England youth international who's scored 14 goals and registered four assists in 38 games for the promotion hopefuls.
Goal reported last month that Fulham rejected a £25m (R408m) bid from Tottenham for the teenager, who's been compared to former Spurs star Gareth Bale due to his initial breakthrough in the English second-tier and his undoubted ability on the left-flank.
Sessegnon himself, who's racked up 68 senior appearances for The Whites before his 18th birthday says he's honoured to be mentioned in the same breath as the Wales international - who revelled upon the step up to the Premier League and eventually made a world-record transfer to Real Madrid.
"I think ever since he was at Tottenham as a young left-back, I've watched him for many years," Sessegnon said after winning the Young Player of the Year prize at the London Football Awards.
"People compare me to him and it's great to be compared to someone like him. I'm happy to be myself and keep pushing forward.
"Right now I wouldn't say I have a favourite position, I like to play anywhere on the pitch. But I'm enjoying my role at left wing at the moment."