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Chelsea renew interest in signing Brighton forward Evan Ferguson

Published at :January 11, 2024 at 9:37 PM
Modified at :January 13, 2024 at 11:40 AM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Evan Ferguson has scored six goals this season

Evan Ferguson, a teenage player from Brighton, has long been admired by Chelsea. Brighton will thwart any attempts to acquire the 19-year-old striker, who may fetch over £100 million given his recent 2029 contract signing.

The Seagulls, who convinced Chelsea to spend £115 million for Moises Caicedo last summer, are not under any force to part with him and are reluctant to lose another gem to Chelsea.

Ferguson’s prospective transfer is thought to be seriously hampered by Brighton’s unwillingness to lose another prominent player to Chelsea.

Last summer, Manchester United and Tottenham expressed the intention of signing the Republic of Ireland international as a potential replacement for Harry Kane.

Ferguson, recording six goals in 24 games for Brighton this season, was called a “very special talent” by Alan Shearer last year and “could be a superstar.”

Ferguson’s background aligns with Chelsea’s youth-first strategy in the transfer market, allowing them to acquire a top-tier striker without going over budget.

Ferguson is probably going to seek about half of what Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney are likely to ask, which is more than £200,000 a week.

Brighton may rebuff a bid for any other player since Chelsea has already raided the Seagulls for several players and a head coach. Marc Cucurella, a left-back, cost the Blues £63 million; Robert Sanchez, a custodian, cost £25 million; and Graham Potter, a coach, cost £21.5 million.

Along with scout Kyle Macaulay, head of goalie Ben Roberts, and sporting director Paul Winstanley, Chelsea also acquired these players from Brighton, costing the south coast team well over £200 million throughout three transfer seasons.

Osimhen’s Napoli deal contains a £112 million release clause. Toney’s departure in January has been ruled out by Brentford, who would probably ask for more than £80 million in return for him when the season ends.

Additionally, Santiago Gimenez of Feyenoord, Benjamin Sesko of RB Leipzig, and Serhou Guirassy of Stuttgart were all linked to Chelsea.

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