Newcastle United are reportedly ready to table a £25 million bid to sign Chelsea target Leandro Trossard from Brighton & Hove Albion in the upcoming January transfer window.
Newcastle United will battle it out with fellow Premier League rivals Chelsea for the signature of in-form Brighton & Hove Albion attacker Leandro Trossard. That’s according to transfer journalist Graeme Bailey on the Talking Transfers podcast, as relayed by Express, who claim the Magpies are willing to shell out £25 million to secure the services of the 27-year-old Belgian international ahead of the competition.
Trossard joined Brighton from Genk in 2019, and he has been steadily progressing in English football since then. He had his best-ever league season tally of eight goals last season, and he has taken his productivity another step forward this term, on course to have his most prolific season as of yet.
With five goals and an assist this season, the Belgium international is catching the spotlight on the Premier League stage and hopes to be a part of his country’s preparations for the 2022 World Cup finals.
Trossard’s current contract at the Amex is set to expire at the end of the current season. Thus, he will be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club at the turn of the year. However, the Seagulls have also lodged a new deal in front of the forward that would make him the top earner at the south coast club.
An excellent performance in Qatar is expected to fuel additional speculation ahead of the January transfer window, with Trossard attracting plenty of admirers in the Premier League and a reunion with former Seagulls boss Graham Potter at Stamford Bridge already being talked up.
The Blues are in the market for a winger in the coming months, and while they are moving along with the Christopher Nkunku deal, Potter could also turn to a Premier League-proven player who is familiar with his style of play and tactics and is incredibly versatile in Trossard.
The player had flourished under Potter’s stint with the Seagulls, and while the duo’s working relationship is likely to be somewhat of a deciding factor in the transfer race, Chelsea could face some stiff competition from fellow Premier League rivals Newcastle United.
The Belgian attacker is thought to be highly regarded by the Newcastle hierarchy, with former Brighton director Dan Ashworth keen to battle with Chelsea for his services in 2023.
They also want to speed up proceedings and have decided to make a £25 million offer to Brighton for Trossard in the upcoming winter transfer window as they look to blow their competition out of the water. Thus, Brighton could be persuaded to accept Newcastle’s lucrative offer for their wantaway star if he continues to stall in penning fresh terms.
Technical, creative, expert finisher, and a relatively two-footed player, Trossard is a high-volume shooter with a decent turn of speed. The versatile winger will suit Eddie Howe’s inside forward system that has seen Miguel Almiron fire on all cylinders this term. With the Magpies looking to break into the elite of the Premier League in the coming season under Saudi-backed ownership, signings like Trossard could help them get there in time.