‘To undergo medical’ – Brighton close as £15m, Aston Villa and West Ham target ‘agree’ move – Liverpool ‘£42m’ and Moises Caicedo latest
Albion manager Graham Potter has said he has not ruled out further inbound transfers and Brighton have now been linked with a £15m move for Hungary international Attila Szalai.
Brighton lack top-quality cover in the defensive areas and believe the Fenerbahçe man could be a good addition to the Premier League squad.
Brighton currently have a strong defensive unit of Lewis Dunk, Joel Veltman and Adam Webster, but this window has also seen Shane Duffy leave on loan at Fulham, Matt Clarke move to Middlesbrough for £2.5m and Leo Ostigard head out. to Napoli for £10m.
Last season they also saw Ben White leave for Arsenal for £50million and Dan Burn for Newcastle for £13million.
Dutch Under-21 Jan Paul van Hecke remains on the books but has not been tested at the highest level and young talent Levi Colwill has also arrived on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
Szalai, 24, is highly regarded across Europe and has previously been linked with West Ham and Aston Villa.
He was part of the Hungary side that beat England 4-0 in the Nations League last June and the 6ft 4in left-handed defender played on the left of a back three. He is also comfortable in a more central role.
It has been reported that Szalai has agreed a contract with Brighton until 2026 and the £15m fee is also in place with the Turkish side.
Like Marca also reported that the former Rapid Vienna man is due to undergo a medical and the deal could be completed this weekend.
Reports linking Albion’s young Ecuadorian international midfielder to Liverpool continue. Caicedo impressed on his Premier League introduction and helped cushion the blow of Yves Bissouma’s Tottenham exit.
Manchester United were also interested in the player they failed to sign 18 months ago, but Brighton insist their star man is not for sale.
Brighton pocketed around £100m this window as Marc Cucurella went to Chelsea for £60m and Bissouma’s fee was around £30m.
Albion could also receive an extra £15m if Neal Maupay heads to Nottingham Forest or Everton.
It means the club have no pressure to sell 20-year-old Caicedo, who will also want regular first-team football ahead of Ecuador’s appearance at the Qatar World Cup later this year.
Despite this, Anfield Center reported today that Liverpool will ‘submit a £42million bid’ and finally end their midfield injury crisis by adding depth and quality.