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Manchester United Set To Battle Newcastle United For This Brighton Star: Good Option For Ten Hag?

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Pratik Das
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Recent reports from Belgian media outlet RTBF (via VoetbalKrant) state that Manchester United are keen on signing Brighton & Hove Albion forward Leandro Trossard in the ongoing transfer window as Erik Ten Hag looks set to add to his attacking options ahead of the 2022/23 season.

With just twelve months left on his contract at the Amex stadium, the Seagulls could sell him for a reasonable fee to avoid losing him on a free transfer next year. Newcastle United are also keeping close tabs on the Belgian international, who hinted last month that an exit could be on the cards.

“That also applies to my future. I still have a contract with Brighton until the summer of 2023.” – he told Het Belang van Limburg.  

“Will the big six come knocking for me at Brighton? We will see.”

“If I really feel ready for that step up, I’ll get into it, but I realise every day I’m not bad at Brighton.”

Brighton's Leandro Trossard
Leandro Trossard of Brighton & Hove Albion in action during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United at American Express Community Stadium on May 07, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Having come through the ranks at Belgian Pro League side K.R.C Genk, Leandro Trossard joined Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2019 for a fee in the region of £14 million. Over the course of the past four years, he has registered 104 appearances for the Seagulls, scoring 18 goals and bagging 11 assists across all competitions.

Last season, the 27-year-old enjoyed a brilliant individual season at Brighton as he scored eight goals and assisted three more in 34 Premier League appearances to help his team achieve their highest ever finish in the league. Besides, he managed to put up some awe-inspiring numbers on the board – averaging 2.2 shots, 1.4 key passes, 1.6 dribbles, and 2.1 long balls per 90 minutes in the English top-flight. Although the number 11 is primarily a left-winger, Graham Potter used him across the entire front three as well as a left wing-back last season.

Decent Option For Ten Hag?

With the World Cup coming up, it remains to be seen if Trossard wishes to switch clubs this summer as it would mean less game time for him over the next few months. Given the present state of Manchester United’s team, they need some fresh recruitments in the attacking department if they intend on strengthening the current squad – and Trossard fits the bill perfectly. At 27, he has plenty of Premier League experience under his belt and will add much-needed depth to the United squad. Hence, the board should try and get this deal over the line in the coming days.

(Stats from WhoScored)

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