Graham Potter frustrated as Brighton plot double contract talks to prevent Chelsea raid

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Graham Potter may struggle to reunite with Leandro Trossard at Chelsea amid claims Brighton want to hold contract talks with him and one of his team-mates.

Potter helped to turn Trossard into a Premier League-quality attacker while they were both at Brighton. The Belgian was in good form last season, notching eight goals and three assists to help Brighton finish ninth in the league.

Trossard has continued this form into the new season, scoring in victories over West Ham and Leicester.

Potter left Brighton on September 8 to link up with Chelsea. He replaced Thomas Tuchel and signed a five-year contract in west London.

According to a report from the Daily Express earlier this month, Potter wants to raid his former club for three stars. They are Trossard, Pascal Gross and Alexis Mac Allister.

All three excelled under his management on the south coast and Potter believes they can shine in a Chelsea shirt as well.

To add to the rumours, Trossard said recently that he would like to join Chelsea if such an opportunity came about. However, he would only do it if he was guaranteed to be a regular starter.

“We have had a very good start with Brighton,” Trossard said. “I have evolved enormously, I now know how Premier League works. I grew a lot in that. Confidence, mentally, physically… I have gotten better and I’ve mastered the tricks now.

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“Our coach has now left for Chelsea, but speculations about me following him is pointless.

“If the opportunity arises, I want to go. But I do want to play and not sit on the [bench].”

While Potter would love to reunite with Trossard and Mac Allister, this may become troublesome amid an update from The Athletic.

They reveal Brighton want to hold contract talks with the pair to tie them down to longer deals.

As things stand, Trossard and Mac Allister will become free agents in summer 2024. This means they could leave the Amex for a reduced price at the end of the current campaign, too.

Brighton are aware of Chelsea’s interest in the attacking duo and will offer them pay rises to prevent any further links.

The Seagulls are hoping to get the renewals done before the World Cup in Qatar, which starts on November 20.

Trossard will represent Belgium at the tournament, while Mac Allister is expected to be part of the Argentina squad.

Either one of them doing well at the World Cup would make Chelsea more likely to submit a bid next year. It could also see other clubs come in for their services.

Brighton hope to keep Chelsea off duo

By having Trossard and Mac Allister tied down to fresh contracts, Brighton can reject any potential offers.

Of course, if these proposals are worth big money then Brighton will be more inclined to accept. But at least they will be in a strong negotiating position thanks to the extensions.

One problem may be the wages on offer. Brighton cannot pay Trossard and Mac Allister anywhere near what Chelsea can give them.

The players’ agents may therefore advise them not to agree new deals, so they can secure lucrative transfers in 2023.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s move for Christopher Nkunku is under threat from one of their Prem rivals, according to a journalist.