Seagulls' owner Tony Bloom expressed no intention of selling 18-year-old striker Evan Ferguson during the January transfer window despite projections that the young star could warrant over 100 million pounds in fees.
The 18-year-old footballer joins Brighton’s list of recently discovered and developed talent over the past few years. Alexis MacAllister, Ben White and Marc Cucarella are former Seagull players who have recently transferred and recovered hefty transfer fees.
After his hat trick against Newcastle United, Ferguson is Brighton's latest young gem to be the center of transfer rumors and transfer scenarios on many football forums on the web. His overall performance since joining the Seagulls in 2022 has landed him on the radar of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Rumors around the web and football insiders stated that Chelsea and Tottenham had considered a bid for the Irishman during the Summer transfer window. In the past month, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been linked to the striker.
Seagulls' owner Tony Bloom recently put any hopes of a Ferguson transfer in January to bed. In a message to the supporters, Bloom mentioned the club had no plans to move any of the team’s key players.
“I can’t foresee any of our main players being sold in January. We just don’t do that,” said Bloom via The Argus. Bloom added, “I’m not saying certain players might not be sold, but none of our main players.”
Personally, I am a fan of clubs retaining talent and trying to provide winning football to their supporters rather than selling players as soon as their market value increases. Brighton is currently sitting in sixth place in the Premier League standings with a record of 3-1 and is set to participate in the Europa League after just missing a Champions League berth last season.
Would you rather see Brighton cash in on their young star, or would you rather see them push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and go all-in for the Europa League?