Brighton want to sign Brandon Williams and believe the Manchester United full-back would be the ideal replacement for Manchester City target Marc Cucurella.
Spanish left-back Cucurella has impressed his compatriot Guardiola, who wants him at the Etihad Stadium. However, Brighton have told City that their initial £30million bid pales in comparison to their £50million demands.
Nevertheless, City will not stop in their pursuit of Cucurella and reportedly plan another bid.
Indeed, the Sunday Mirror reports that Brighton boss Graham Potter accepts his left-back will depart this summer.
As a result, Brighton are gearing up to replace him – and have their transfer radar fixed on Man Utd‘s Williams.
The England Under-21 international broke through at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But since then, he has struggled for game time and spent last season on loan at Norwich.
And United are willing to sell Williams this summer for £15million. The Red Devils and Brighton have made contact, but the Seagulls will wait for Cucurella’s exit to progress before advancing their interest in Williams.
The 21-year-old United star had his progression halted by the arrival of Alex Telles in October 2020. Solskjaer, though, opted to keep Williams for the 2020/21 season as he can also play right-back.
After his loan spell at Norwich, though, Tyrell Malacia has now arrived at left-back. The Dutchman will provide further competition to Luke Shaw, with Williams’ game time in even more doubt.
But he would be able to find a new lease of life at Brighton, who are willing to sell more players than just Cucurella this summer.
The south coast club are in talks with Serie A side Salernitana over a deal for Neal Maupay. Salernitana have had a €15million (£12.7million) offer rejected for the Frenchman according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who claim Brighton want €18million (£15.3million).
Brandon Williams needs Man Utd exit
When he first broke through at Man Utd, it looked as if Williams had a bright future at Old Trafford.
However, after the signings of Telles and Malacia – and with Shaw looking to prove himself again after a mixed season – Williams just won’t get the game time he needs to advance his career.
Another loan spell may work out well for him, but ultimately he may still struggle thereafter.
As a result, Williams needs a permanent move away to get his career back on the right path.
Last season’s loan spell at Norwich was tough for him. Brighton, though, represent an ambitious club with whom Williams can progress.