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Stéphane Sességnon

As suggested a few weeks ago, PSG midfielder Stéphane Sességnon is closing in on a Premier League move. A deal is considered likely to be finalised this week, with a plethora of prospective English clubs being mooted; Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Arsenal all in the running.

Indeed, 26-year-old Stephane has made it abundantly clear that he wants to leave PSG and has exclusively pinpointed the Premiership as his desired destination. So, ahead of a seemingly imminent move, let’s re-cap our world-weary, melancholic minds and ask who the hell this alluring Sességnon creature is:

Born in Benin, Stephane started his football career with Requins de l’Atlantique in the Benin Premier League. After a swift spell, he decided to throw his arms around Paris, specifically the Parisian suburbs, and signed for Créteil in 2004. At Créteil, the versatile midfielder was soon established as a key member of the Ligue 2 side; in his first season he was a vital in avoiding relegation, in his second he helped propel Créteil to their highest Ligue 2 position of 8th. After 68 league games and 10 goals he progressed to Ligue 1 and Le Mans.

Following a slow start, including a dismissal in one of his opening games, Sessegon again cemented his importance to his club, becoming a leading-light in the first team. His stint at Le Mans also exemplified his flexibility; firstly employed as a more defence-minded holding midfield, before advancing into more attacking roles either on the right of midfield or even just behind the striker. Thus, he soon caught the watchful eyes of Europe’s elite.

Eventually, though, he was back wandering the streets of Paris; but this time with French giants Paris Saint-Germain rather than Ligue 2 minnows Créteil. The €8million move signalled his personal advancement and he was duly handed responsibility as a principal attacking midfield playmaker. His form both domestically and in European competitions again attracted attention – with a group of Premier League clubs thought to be monitoring his progress – but he signed a contract extension only last summer. However, it seems he is now itching to move on after a disappointing mid-table finish, with Sessegnon claiming ‘they know it, I know it’.

His agent has reportedly indicated that ‘discussions are going on with a few clubs’, adding ‘people will see in the next few days who he signs for’ (oh, the mysterious tease).

So, the versatile attacking midfielder could soon be limbering up at a ground near you; but will it be Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Aston Villa or Arsenal?

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