Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham's hopes of landing Brighton star Evan Ferguson may have taken a huge blow following the signing of a new long-term contract with the Seagulls. The 19-year-old had a breakout campaign for the Albion last time out, scoring six goals in 19 appearances.
His size and physicality means he has adapted well to the demands of the Premier League, while he clearly has an eye for goal too. He has nearly matched his tally from last season just in 11 appearances, scoring five for his side and taking up the headlines with impressive displays.
That has naturally caught the eye of some big teams in the Premier League and beyond, hopeful of landing the next superstar that could play at the top for years to come. Chelsea have been amongst those linked, with the west London outfit still in need of a clinical striker.
The Blues have done business with Brighton plenty of times over the past two-years, but may have to pay another record-breaking sum to land Ferguson. They may find competition from Arsenal, who have also been linked with a switch for a striker in the January transfer window.
The Gunners have managed to put themselves in the title picture, but their lack of a clinical forward has brought about questions. Then there's Tottenham, a side that are still looking for the heir to Harry Kane's throne after the club's all-time record goal scorer left in the summer.
While there may be interest from all three, one thing that is become abundantly clear is that any deal for Ferguson will likely cost astronomical money. Even more so after he signed a new contract until 2029 just a few days ago, marking an ever longer deal to break.
That's also added to the fact that the Athletic report that there's no release clause included in the deal that would make it any cheaper. For now it seems as though he will continue his development with Brighton until a suitable offer comes in from one of the huge clubs.
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