anchester United are keen to sign Ryan Sessegnon, the Fulham 17-year-old who is yet to sign a professional deal at his current club having made a precocious breakthrough into the first team last season.

The teenager turned 17 on May 18, the earliest point at which he could agree a professional deal, and with a pre-agreed contract to begin at the start of next month, albeit one which was negotiated before he became an established first-team player. He would be available for around £2 million in training compensation were he to leave the club this summer without signing a professional deal.

Sessegnon, whose twin brother Steven is another promising Fulham homegrown product, is understood to be open-minded about staying at Fulham despite the interest from United and other Premier League clubs.

The likelihood is that the player will want improved terms when it comes to his first professional deal, and assurances that should Fulham not gain promotion to the Premier League next season they would agree to sell him at the right price.

However, the interest from United has been strong and manager Jose Mourinho, whose son Jose junior was previously at the Fulham academy, is understood to rate Ryan. There is also interest from Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur with no clear signal yet that any interested parties have withdrawn from the process.