Ryan Sessegnon transfer scrum latest: Manchester United now want English football’s most talked-about teenager too, and according to the Mirror “hope their reputation of bringing through young players will be influential” when the young left-back comes to choose between United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, remaining at Fulham or joining pretty much any team of his choice from the top flight of English football. Certainly Sessegnon can hardly avoid being impressed at the love and support United have given to the last emerging English left-back they spent lots of money on.
Juventus have been in touch with Monaco about their midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko, only to be told to their apparent disappointment that agreement in principle over his transfer had already been reached with Chelsea. According to L’Equipe the only other member of the Monaco side whose goal-accumulating exploits have made them the Champions League’s great entertainers this season who is likely to be allowed to leave this summer is Bernardo Silva, whose agents were recently rumoured to be in “advanced talks” with Manchester United.
Kasper Schmeichel has switched agents, with his new choice – Luca Bascherini, an Italian who operates out of London – leading the Sun to conclude that he might be on his way to Old Trafford, where Bascherini is always made to feel particularly comfortable, come the summer. United’s pursuit might be fruitless, however, with Manchester City able to put forward “the intriguing possibility of Joe Hart being offered in exchange”. One goalkeeper likely to be on his way from Manchester is Sergio Romero, who has only gone and bought a house in Milan.
Before we leave goalkeeping behind, news reaches the Mill that “Napoli could be a great destination for Wojciech Szczesny”, according to no lesser source than the on-loan Arsenal shot-stopper’s agent, Jonathan Barnett. “First of all,” he also noted, “we have to see how Arsène Wenger’s situation evolves.”
According to the Spanish newspaper AS, Barcelona have decided their as-yet unappointed new manager will require two new full-backs and some kind of creative midfield presence to improve the side for next season, and have identified Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín as the man to play on their right flank, Atlético Madrid’s Theo Hernández as the ideal left-back, and are weighing up the relative merits of Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti – whose agent has already held talks with the Spanish club, apparently – and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho for the midfield role.
Brighton are busy planning their summer upgrades as they prepare for life in the Premier League, and have made Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, a star on loan at Bristol City, their top attacking target. The Seagulls probably can’t compete with some of the other clubs linked with the 19-year-old, a list that includes Everton and Leicester, but if instead of cashing in Chelsea choose to loan him out for another season they feel they could come to the fore.
Everton are also interested in another 19-year-old forward, in the shape of Henry Onyekuru, a Nigerian winger whose form for Belgian side KAS Eupen has already attracted Celtic, Southampton and Sevilla. “Everton have now been over the North Sea to try to close a move for Onyekuru, who could fill in for long-term crock Yannick Bolasie,” reports the Sun. Liverpool, meanwhile, have taken a shine to Feyenoord’s centre-back Terence Kongolo and the Atalanta right-back Andrea Conti, two players who were born within a couple of weeks of each other in early 1994. And talking of right-backs, this might be the perfect place to shoehorn in rumours that Brentford have agreed to pay Zulte Waregem just under £1m for their 27-year-old Hanrik Dalsgaard.