Arsenal are in talks with Brighton over the signing of out-of-favour striker Leandro Trossard after losing Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea.
The Gunners have yet to make an official offer for the Belgian striker, but are expected to meet their first-choice preference.
Brighton will not sell any of their star players unless chairman Tony Bloom’s wishes are met, despite public calls for the 28-year-old to leave the club.
Tottenham have been rejected for Trossard, and are now targeting Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo.
Trossard entered the final six months of his contract at Brighton, but the Seagulls have the option to extend his deal this year.
Trossard wants to leave Brighton | De Zerbi: I don’t like his style
Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has already confirmed that Trossard will not be in Albion’s squad for the visit of Liverpool last week after showing poor form in training.
The 28-year-old has not played for the Seagulls since their 4-2 win over Premier League leaders Arsenal on New Year’s Monday and has now said he will not sign a new deal with the hi.
A statement released by Trossard manager Josy Comhair read: “Before Leandro left for Qatar, Brighton’s intention was to extend his contract, but this did not happen due to the inability of the page.
“After the World Cup, there was an argument in training between Leandro and another player over inanity. From then on, the coach did not talk to Leandro, it did not fit the atmosphere, and intelligence work.
“Leandro was a starting eleven player against Southampton and Arsenal but against Everton he was on the pitch.
“At the start of the match against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, Leandro already showed calf problems twice. That’s why he stopped training. This is in consultation with medical staff.
“Through the physical trainer, Leandro learned that he needed to train differently. It was impossible to understand.
“It’s also the exercise that has often shown that change has the best effect.
“Therefore, it is important that Brighton come together with a possible change, which is beneficial for both parties.”
Have your say: Readers’ opinions…
MattBB82: Trossard is a good player, but I don’t think he is the type of player Arsenal need right now and could upset the apple cart. I think Arsenal need someone like Vlahovic because of the injury Jesus.
Tom: This is a good sign which is quoted at £20-25m. Depth is the key! Check out the stats of a better team.
The idea? Just because he was sworn in and wanted to leave. Arteta will improve him, add a Tielemans now or a late CM and we may be enough with the view that Jesus is not far away.
Callum: Trossard is perfect for us, gives depth in attack and we are in three matches. Smart move, and I’ve learned not to doubt Arteta when it comes to signings. It’s always a plan.
Joe: It is bad business to sign a player after many young stars and may quickly become frustrated with the position he plays in. The way De Zerbi saw it at Brighton soon came to the fore as a center of learning.
Watch: Why Trossard appealed to Arsenal
Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:
At 28 years old (that’s 28 to 29, so we’re sure), Leandro Trossard is different from Arsenal’s new signings. This is a toy for now. Knowledge is about potential.
He may not set pulses racing like explosive Mykhailo Mudryk, an Arsenal player who is considered a future superstar, but while his ceiling may not be as high, Trossard offers the Ukrainian plenty.
For starters, there’s the Premier League experience he gained at Brighton, where he made 116 appearances across four seasons, missing just a handful of games and scoring a healthy goal, with seven of his 25 coming this season.
That experience makes him a safe bet to join Arsenal straight away, who will need to rely on Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka as they look to continue their title run.
Trossard’s versatility is another asset. He’s a left winger, like Mudryk, but now he’s also featured at No 10, a false nine, and on the left wing. Graham Potter, Roberto De Zerbi’s predecessor, also used him on the right.
Mikel Arteta has often said he prefers players who can play in different roles and Trossard, who is also a key player for Belgium, can provide depth in the front line.
He looks good stylistically as well. De Zerbi felt his motivation level had dropped in recent weeks amid speculation over his future but statistics showed a good performance, with just three players – Kevin De Bruyne, Martin Odegaard and Jack Harrison – won the final third. time this season.
At his age, he doesn’t arrive with much improvement or resale value, but his contract status makes him an easy pick and his style is proven to be comfortable.
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