Why Champions League final could be BAD for Spurs summer transfer plan | Football | Sport


That’s the revelation of BBC Sport transfer expert David Ornstein.

Tottenham take on Liverpool in their first ever European Cup final in Madrid on June 1 after seeing off Ajax in dramatic circumstances in the semi finals.

Having wrapped up the Premier League season with a fourth-placed finish despite their various problems throughout the campaign, Spurs will now hope to crown the year with what would be a remarkable triumph and their first piece of European silverware since 1984.

But although it is the biggest match in Spurs’ recent history, Ornstein has revealed it could have some downside on the north London club’s plans to improve their squad.

Spurs are keen on Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon with the left-back, who can also play as a winger, one of England’s brightest young talents. 

Sessegnon endured a difficult first season in the Premier League as the Cottagers were relegated having conceded more goals than any other team in the division, with 81, in their immediate return to the second tier. 

But the 18-year-old remains highly regarded having helped Fulham gain promotion with 15 goals and six assists to be crowned the Championship’s Player of the Year in 2017-18.

Spurs have been linked with Sessegnon before alongside the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United and it appears they will face competition for the player’s signature. 

And according to Ornstein, Spurs’ heavy focus on the Champions League final means any deal will be delayed and could allow rivals to step in and beat them to the chase. 

Ornstein does however claim that Sessegnon is keen to remain in the English capital and is particularly eager to play for Mauricio Pochettino’s men. 

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s going to be a summer of huge change at Tottenham regardless of what happens in the Champions League final. 

“They’re looking for players either who haven’t made it elsewhere, for example Malcom at Barcelona or Lucas Moura who they signed when he was out of favour at PSG. 

“Or not the finished article players, younger talent. Ryan Sessegnon, his preference is to stay in London and to play for Tottenham I’m reliably informed. 

“Fulham would have kept him if they’d have stayed in the Premier League but now they’re resigned to losing him. 

“They can’t afford to lose him on a Bosman free transfer next summer, if he went abroad they’d only get half a million in compensation. It’d be down to a tribunal if he goes to a Premier League club. 

“Spurs are yet to offer but there is a feeling the bid is incoming. They have a rather large match to think about at the moment so that complicates issues. 

“There’s also been strong interest in Sessegnon from Manchester United, PSG, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig. Chelsea possibly too but their ban is the issue and they’re rivals with Fulham. 

“Sessegnon would like his future sorted before the under-21 championships which start on the 16th of June but of course the Champions League final complicates that.”

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