Should Southampton join chase for Ryan Sessegnon as Ryan Bertrand remains linked with Manchester City?

General view inside the stadium before the match

Southampton appear to face a battle to try and keep Ryan Bertrand so perhaps a move for Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon should be considered.

General view inside the stadium before the match - St Mary's Southampton

Southampton have got used to losing their better players during the summer transfer window in recent years, and they have similarly got used to finding excellent replacements for those squad members who seek a move elsewhere. 

Unfortunately for the Saints, it appears that this summer may not be any different. 

Southampton's Ryan Bertrand looks dejected after the gameSouthampton's Ryan Bertrand could be on his way out this summer

The Daily Mirror reported earlier this month that Ryan Bertrand was looking to leave St Mary's, with Manchester City a likely destination for the England full-back.

Should that prove to be the case, and Bertrand does move on, it may perhaps be worth the Saints looking to join the race to sign Fulham prospect Ryan Sessegnon following his brilliant campaign at Craven Cottage.

The 17-year-old is attracting the attention of most of the Premier League's heavyweights (via Telegraph), but given that Bertrand's potential departure would leave a void at the south coast club, it would hardly be a surprise if the teenager felt joining Southampton was the best move for his career.

Leyton Orient's Harry Cornick and Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon in actionFulham's Ryan Sessegnon

Not only do they have a tremendous record when it comes to helping youngsters and unproven stars take their game to the next level, but he may perhaps enjoy the most first-team football if he decided to join the Saints over any of the sides who have been linked with a move for him. 

In just 26 league appearances for the Cottagers this past season, he scored five times and contributed three assists which would be a tremendous return for any full-back, let alone one who had not made a first-team debut before the last campaign had started and is so young that he had turned 1 the day before the Saints played their final league game at The Dell back in 2001.

Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham celebrates scoring his teams third goal

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