Football transfer rumours: Spurs to swoop for Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon?

Barry Glendenning on 8 March 2018

Following the disappointment of Wednesday night’s Champions League mugging at the hands of wily, streetwise Juventus, Tottenham fans will have to console themselves with the knowledge that Ryan Sessegnon wants to move to north London and play under Mauricio Pochettino.

The 17-year-old, who seems to have been a first-team staple at Craven Cottage for more than a decade, is understood to have decided that Mauricio Pochettino is the man is the man to take him to the next stage in his development if the Cottagers don’t achieve automatic promotion.

Liverpool are hitching their skirts in the direction of the Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal, but will have a job on their hands to convince Los Blancos to sell them the 26-year-old who is contracted to stay at the Bernabéu until 2022. The Merseyside club are also interested in 19-year-old Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who has noted their interest and is flattered. “I hear the rumours, like you. I have ears!” he said. “I have eyes too, to see a few things left and right. The guy who says he doesn’t hear stuff or listen to anything, is not telling the truth. But there’s nothing you can do. All of that doesn’t bother me.” That’s Houssem Aouar there, with both eyes and ears.

The long tradition of Liverpool’s finest players being poached by clubs in Spain could continue if Real Madrid have their way, with the Spanish side apparently giving Mohamed Salah the glad eye, The Egyptian goal-getter’s exploits have turned heads in the Spanish capital, which means Anfield regulars could face another anxious summer.

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, who is out of contract this summer and expected to head to Juventus, has spoken about his future while not really speaking about his future. “Of course, I have to think about my footballing future,” he said in the wake of Liverpool’s Champions League win over Porto. “I haven’t signed for any other club, I’m just focused on this season. We want to finish in second place in the Premier League, we’re in the Champions League quarter-finals and we want to progress. That’s all I’m focused on now. My agent has blocked all the negotiations, I’m thinking only of football.”

Juventus like the cut of the jib of the Manchester United winger Anthony Martial, who may be tempted by a move to Turin now that he’s no longer guaranteed a first team spot following the arrival at Old Trafford of Alexis Sánchez. And finally, the Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez is once again being linked with a summer move to Roma, with whom he is already believed to have agreed terms if reports in the Italian press are to be believed.

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