Luke Shaw’s absence for Manchester United in recent weeks has been sorely felt.

The lack of a natural replacement for the England international during his three-game suspension stretched the squad, especially with patience waning in Ashley Young’s ability.

A potential solution could be on the horizon, in the availability of Ryan Sessegnon.

The Fulham star is available at £40 million following the club’s relegation from the Premier League, The Mail report.

United might be able to knock this down further.

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Sessegnon, just 18, scored 15 goals in the Championship last season, which led to The Sun reporting Fulham wanted £100 million for him last summer, when Jose Mourinho and United were said to be interested.

As we noted earlier in the season, Sessegnon has played nowhere like a £100 million player in the Premier League, but he has shown quality.

Two goals and six assists is still a decent return for a teenager in the top flight in a struggling team.

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Luke Shaw signed a new deal earlier this year and should clearly be United’s first choice.

 

He does however need some competition, and Sessegnon would be perfect, as a young player, also capable of featuring as a winger.

United paying £100 million last summer would have been laughable, but £40 million is fair value for a player who is a future England international.

Tottenham, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool are all said to be keen.

While United have other priorities, left-back would be a crisis position next season if Shaw got injured.

Signing Sessegnon for a reasonable fee would be a clear statement of intent in terms of future planning.

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