Report: Barcelona join race for Ryan Sessegnon, Spurs still lead race after laying groundwork for deal

Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham celebrates victory after the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Fulham at Carrow Road on March 30, 2018 in Norwich, England.

Barcelona have reportedly joined the race for Ryan Sessegnon.

Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham celebrates victory after the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Fulham at Carrow Road on March 30, 2018 in Norwich, England.

According to The Mirror, Barcelona have joined the race to sign Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon, but Tottenham Hotspur remain in pole position for his signature.

Sessegnon, 17, has come up through the ranks with Fulham, and his early development has resulted in him becoming one of the top young talents in English football.

The teenager, who can play at left back or on the left of midfield, has racked up 14 goals and six assists in 43 Championship games this season, whilst he has scooped up a host of awards this week.

Sessegnon has been named Championship Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season and Championship Apprentice of the Year, as well as being named in the EFL Team of the Season and an EFL Club Developed XI.

Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham pats the badge on his shirt after the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on April 3, 2018 in London, England.

Now, The Mirror report that Barcelona are joining the race to land Sessegnon this summer, though Tottenham lead the battle right now ahead of a host of clubs.

It's claimed that Spurs have laid considerable groundwork to sign Sessegnon, with Mauricio Pochettino's willingness to play young players believed to be a factor.

Yet, until a deal is done for Sessegnon to cross over London and head to Spurs, there will always be a lingering fear that a move will be hijacked – especially with a club like Barcelona keen.

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