Although Arsenal seems to finally have their winger in Mykhalio Mudryk after reports from Ben Jacobs stated: “Arsenal and Shaktar Donetsk could be getting close to sealing a full agreement for Mykhalio Mudryk. The guaranteed fee will be around €50m-€60m,.” Leandro Trossard, of Brighton, seems to be a player who has recently been monitored by Arsenal according to Alex Crook.
Before the most recent news of Mudryk broke out, The Express announced some cheaper alternatives for the Ukrainian with Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram, Barcelonas Ferran Torres, Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha and Brighton and Hove’s Leandro Trossard all being involved in the list.
The Belgian winger is a free agent in the summer as he comes to six months left in his contract & with being Premier League proven and being one of the best players outside the top six, this wouldn’t be the worst appointment from Edu Gaspar.
On the flip side, According to Football Insider, the Seagulls have no interest in selling Trossard in January. Mixed signals from the media, does this mean he’ll sign a new contract or go in the summer on a free transfer?
🚨 Brighton have rejected a verbal offer from Tottenham for Belgium forward Leandro Trossard and the Seagulls have no intention of selling the 28-year-old in January.
[Source: Football Insider] pic.twitter.com/QtwrXvZzbB
— Transfer HQ (@Transfer__HQ) January 10, 2023
After the 4-2 win against the Sussex side on New Year’s Eve, Zinchenko posted a picture with both him and Trossard in the frame, making fans suspect the possibility of snatching up a deal for the skilful winger.
So far for the inform Brighton, Trossard has scored seven goals and gained two assists for the Seagulls, being a pivotal asset to the free-flowing seaside team.
According to TransferMarkt, The Gunners would have to cough up €30 million (£26m) to sign the silky ex-Genk winger. Leandro is now 28 years old, with his 29th birthday at the end of 2023, meaning there’s still a decent amount of time to get the best out of him.
An admirable ability that he possesses is that his so versatile for both Brighton and Belgium and has a great driven finish on him. Back in his days with Bocholt, he was known by fans for scoring for fun and being so efficient in front of the goal.
The winger is also a powerful dribbler when in his stride with a 75.6% dribble success rate, which is ranked in the top 1% of everyone in the same position as him, because of this, he and Kaoru Mitoma are Brighton’s biggest threats to the opposition.
Zinchenko on instagram with an Arsenal transfer target Trossard! ⏳ pic.twitter.com/H6nrg9j99c
— GravityGooner✨ (@Gravitygunner14) January 1, 2023
Brighton recently thrashed Micheal Carricks Middlesbrough 5-1 in the 3rd round of the FA Cup and Trossard was nowhere to be seen. Shortly after the game, Ben Jacobs reported: ‘Told nothing is imminent for Leandro Trossard, his absence against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup was down to a calf injury.
His agent has been actively and aggressively offering Trossard to Premier League clubs (Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea). A January move is possible since his contract expires this summer.
Despite not knowing how long Trossard will be out for, with his contract expiring so soon and Brighton most likely wanting a payout in return for their Belgian, a move to another Premier League side could certainly be on the cards.
Liverpool is out of the race after they had already made it clear they didn’t want the Belgian after signing PSV’s Cody Gapko.
There have been further reports on Tottenham’s interest to get a deal despite Brighton rejecting a verbal offer from Spurs and already having Hugh Min-Son in a similar position and Chelsea haven’t yet ruled anything out. With the tough competition for his signature, if Arsenal really wants Trossard, they’re going to have to beat some of their biggest rivals to it.
As the introduction of Mudryk seems imminent and Tottenham is more motivated towards signing the Belgium star, will Arsenal pull out the stops needed to get two wingers in this January transfer window? It’s over to you, if we signed Mudryk would you also take Trossard?