In a bold move reported by Football Transfers, both Manchester United and Chelsea have made audacious attempts to secure loan deals for Brighton’s prolific striker, Evan Ferguson, valued at £100 million.
Sources reveal that Manchester United, in their quest for an attacker of Harry Kane’s caliber, proposed a short-term agreement due to Brighton’s substantial asking price, making a direct purchase this month seemingly beyond their budget. Simultaneously, Chelsea expressed interest in acquiring Ferguson on loan until the end of the season, with their primary focus set on recruiting Victor Osimhen from Napoli, a long-standing target.
Despite Ferguson’s impressive six-goal tally this season, his limited playing time under Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi, featuring in only 11 Premier League games, prompted interest from top clubs. However, Brighton owner Tony Bloom remains uninterested in a loan move, insisting on a direct sale should the 19-year-old Republic of Ireland international decide to leave the team.
While both proposals have been rejected, Ferguson remains a potential target for Manchester United and Chelsea in the upcoming summer transfer window. Manchester United appears to have an edge over Chelsea in securing the Premier League striker, as Chelsea is already planning a summer move for Victor Osimhen, considering him their top transfer priority.
Ferguson, bound by a contract with Brighton until 2029, leaves the club in a strong position to control the player’s fate. Brighton, known for astute dealings in the transfer market, has previously secured significant transfer fees for departing players like Moises Caicedo, Marc Cucurella, Ben White, and Alexis Mac Allister. With speculation surrounding Ferguson’s future, he emerges as a potential high-profile departure from Brighton, destined to join the ranks of Premier League giants.