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.
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.
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.