Newcastle United sporting director Dan Ashworth reportedly wants to reunite with Brighton star Leandro Trossard, in a transfer which would see Graham Potter and Chelsea lose out.
Ashworth became Brighton technical director in early 2019 and several months later played a big role in bringing Trossard to the Premier League. He helped the Seagulls to sign the winger from Genk, with the move worth around £15million.
Trossard struck up a great relationship with then Brighton manager Potter and soon became a reliable Premier League player.
The 27-year-old, who can also operate as a second striker, enjoyed an impressive season in 2021-22. He registered eight goals and three assists in 35 matches, helping Brighton to finish in the top 10.
And despite Potter’s move to Chelsea in September, Trossard is continuing to shine. So far this season he has managed five goals and two assists in just nine outings. He is on course to make it his most successful campaign in England.
While Brighton are benefitting hugely from Trossard’s form, his top displays are also picking up interest from some big clubs.
Soon after Potter’s switch to west London, Chelsea were linked with a move for him. Arsenal are keeping tabs on his situation, too.
There has now been a double update on the Belgian’s future and it seems the race to capture his services is hotting up.
Potter and Ashworth to fight for Brighton man
As per transfer insider Graeme Bailey, Potter remains keen on reuniting with Trossard next summer. He is hoping Chelsea chiefs will push to complete a deal with Brighton.
However, Ashworth, who is now in charge of transfers at Newcastle, wants to usurp his former co-worker and land Trossard for the Magpies.
Brighton are involved in contract discussions with Trossard and his team-mate Alexis Mac Allister to try and put larger teams off the scent. Ashworth is ‘taking a keen interest’ in how the Trossard talks pan out to see if Newcastle can pounce.
The Newcastle director reckons Trossard would be an exceptional signing to bolster Eddie Howe’s attack. And he knows the forward could be available for a cut-price fee due to his contract expiring next summer.
Newcastle and Chelsea appear to be the main English clubs pushing for Trossard’s signature as things stand. But there is also a European giant lurking.
Leandro Trossard also a target for Spanish club
According to the Daily Mirror, 2020-21 Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are the latest club to set their sights on Trossard.
Diego Simeone’s side want to strengthen next year but don’t have a huge amount of money to do this. As such, they are scouting the market for potentially cheap signings.
Trossard fits into this bracket as he is currently heading towards free agency. If Brighton cannot organise a new contract, then they might have to sell him for a reduced fee this winter.
Atleti will compete with Newcastle and Chelsea for the 21-cap Belgium international. However, it is hard to see him leaving England any time soon.
Newcastle and Chelsea both represent great opportunities. Newcastle are on the up and targeting Champions League or Europa League qualification in the next few years.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have top-four ambitions right now, and Potter appears to be getting the best out of his players. Him being in the dugout could just sway Trossard to join the Blues.
So while Atleti can offer him an exciting proposal, Trossard is likely to remain in the Prem if he does leave Brighton.