Surprise German Bundesliga title challengers Red Bull Leipzig are interested in Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon.
Leipzig sit level with Bayern Munich on points after 15 matches and are on the search for the best young talent in Europe, including 16-year-old Sessegnon who has made 10 appearances for Fulham.
The young defender became the youngest player to score in a Sky Bet Championship game with his goal in the 2-2 draw with Cardiff in August. However Sessegnon has plenty of potential destinations with Barclay’s Premier League sides Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all having made enquires last summer.
Leipzig are believed to have watched the young Fulham defender this season but Fulham are more likely to delay the 16-year-old’s move to the summer rather than accept any offers midway through the season.
The German side have proved their willingness to play young players after signing winger Oliver Burke – 19 years old – from Nottingham Forest last summer for £13million.
Burke had made 25 appearances and netted six times during his two-year spell as a professional at the City Ground, but his impressive performances led to a move to the German top-flight.
Earlier in the season the German side were rumoured to be having interest in Leeds United forward Ronaldo Viera. The 18-year-old has made 15 appearances for the Yorkshire side after signing a professional contract at Elland Road in May 2016. However, similarly, to Burke, Viera has captured the attention of the surprise German side.
With Sessgnon now the third player in the latest episode of a series of young players potentially making a move to Germany, the question of “Are RB Leipzeg stealing all the young English talent?”
A week after the English Football League announced a scheme to reward clubs for selecting young homegrown players, it seems strange that clubs are willing to sell their future stars away this early in their career.
It is a question, however, that will remain unanswered.