Tying Brighton players to new, longer-term deals is more important than summer signings.
That’s according to Scott McCarthy, who wrote about the Seagulls on WeAreBrighton.com since 2009. Pascal Gross, 30, and Danny Welbeck, 31, will be out of contract in a few months, as well as young central defender Leo Ostigard, 22.
However, McCarthy believes the deals that need to be settled are for winger Leandro Trossard, 27, top scorer Neal Maupay, 25, and Alexis Mac Allister, 23. They’re all out of contract in just under 18 months and if they don’t sign new deals, getting a transfer fee for them this summer could be the answer, rather than letting them go for free in 2023.
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Yves Bissouma, currently valued at over £40m, is reportedly wanted by Aston Villa and Newcastle United, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly keeping tabs on the 25-year-old. His contract expires at the end of the 2022/23 campaign but a new deal looks unlikely.
Between Bissouma, Trossard, Mac Allister and Maupay, the combined quartet could likely net over £70million in transfer fees (although that’s far from an exact science) this summer. If Albion is to maintain its top 10 Premier League aspirations, retaining your best assets is essential.
So if Brighton successfully offer new contracts to Trossard, Mac Allister and Maupay, the winter signing of Deniz Undav, who has scored 26 goals for Union SG this season and will join them before the next term, will be enough to add power. essential fire. to their attack. McCarthy isn’t so sure.
He said Sussex Live: “It seems like there is a better chance of me winning the next round of Love Island than there is of Yves Bissouma signing a new contract.
“New contracts are more important than new signings. Bissouma is pretty much gone but Albion also have the likes of Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay and Alexis Mac Allister all out of contract in 2023. If Brighton can’t renew their contracts , then presumably they need to be sold this summer to prevent them from being lost in free transfers the following year.
“Replacing one key player is achievable. Replacing four in one summer is a lot to ask, especially for a club whose recruitment strategy is based on signing players for the future. If Brighton suddenly find themselves having to rebuild because he can’t make new deals with some of their most important people, would you support them to move the business forward?
“If the best-case scenario were to happen and everyone stopped Bissouma from renewing, then I think Brighton still need a new striker to complement Maupay and Deniz Undav and more defensive options.”
However, they are not the only ones at the end of the contract in 2023. Joel Veltman, Adam Lallana, Shane Duffy, Haydon Roberts and Jason Steele could then seek new clubs. It could be a bigger summer period coming to Brighton.