Journalist Alex Crook has claimed to TalkSPORT that Brighton will not be bullied away from their £25m price tag for Leandro Trossard.

Chelsea have been linked with a deal to sign the Belgian and reunite him with former manager Graham Potter.

The wide-man is already just one goal off his tally for the entirety of last season, and has been one of the better players in the surprise package of the campaign so far in Brighton.

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It is perhaps no surprise then that the Blues seem to be turning to the South Coast again as they look to strengthen their side.

Reports have linked the Blues with a move to sign midfielder Moises Caicedo, as they potentially prepare for a midfield exodus over the summer. Jorginho and N’golo Kante both have contracts that are set to expire at the end of the campaign.

Chelsea learn price for Trossard

They also have been linked to Trossard, who seems to have burnt some bridges at his current club.

Roberto De Zerbi left him out of the squad for the 3-0 thrashing of Liverpool at the weekend, after his conduct has been deemed unacceptable since the World Cup.

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Now, Crook has claimed that internally the Seagulls have set their price to sell the Belgium international, and won’t be bullied into moving any lower.

He said: “Despite being banished to train away from the first-team and his agent accusing De Zerbi of ‘humiliating’ him, Brighton will not be bullied into selling Trossard on the cheap and will hold out for a fee of at least £25m.”

Banishing a player described earlier this season as ‘unreal’ by Rio Ferdinand is surely a risky play, however it opens up an opportunity for one of the elite sides in the league the chance to add a talented and prolific winger to their ranks.

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