Chelsea are considering raiding Brighton for yet another of their top targets.
Having already signed Marc Cucurella, Robert Sanchez and Moises Caicedo, and lured away a number of their backroom staff, the latest player on their wish list is Republic of Ireland striker Evan Ferguson.
The teenager will not come cheap, though. He has recently signed a contract extension which ties him to the South Coast club until 2029, and Brighton value him in excess of ₤100 million.
He previously attracted the attention of both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, with the latter considering him as a potential replacement for Harry Kane.
Despite Brighton being under no pressure to sell their young star, Ferguson fits the profile of the type of player they are now trying to attract to Stamford Bridge.
He is young and his salary demands will not threaten the existing wage structure at the club, and he is likely to be cheaper than alternatives like Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney.
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