Brighton & Hove Albion’s CEO admits that he doesn’t have much transfer business on the agenda in January, despite Chelsea reportedly circling a few of their players.
In a conversation with Ben Jacobs, Paul Barber OBE explained that is set to be a pretty quiet month for the Seagulls, even though there is a lot of noise surrounding several senior stars.
Barber has successfully helped transform Brighton into a construction line of locating and creating talent to then be sold for a much higher fee.
Marc Cucurella’s £60m move to Chelsea in the summer is a prime example, an individual they bought for a quarter of the price.
Ben White and Yves Bissouma’s switch to North London also earned the Amex chain of command a pretty penny.
They might be able to add a few more bucks to the back in the next few weeks due to the interest in a handful of Roberto De Zerbi’s squad.
Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo under the inspection of Chelsea
Moises Caicedo is the most mentioned name at the minute.
Particularly in Chelsea circles, as they are apparently debating whether to swoop in for the 21-year-ld.
Especially now a deal for prime midfield target Enzo Fernandez seems to be slipping away.
Fail to land for Fernandez and Todd Boehly may turn to Caicedo or his club colleague Alexis Mac Allister.
Mac Allister only recently returned to Brighton after winning the World Cup with Argentina and Fernandez.
Whilst his compatriot remains the top choice for Chelsea, the Brighton man would prove to be a much cheaper, but equally as efficient, signing.
Brighton don’t want to sell
However, Barber played down any transactions between his club and the Blues.
“We are very realistic we are going to have interest in Alexis, we are going to have interest in Moises, we are going to have interest in Rob Sanchez. We had eight players at the World Cup, more than any other time in the club’s history combined,” he said.
“It doesn’t change anything. If it’s right for us, we will do something. If it isn’t right for us or right for our player, we certainly wouldn’t. No plans to do anything in this winter window of any note, but of course you can never say never about anything in this business.”
Boehly wouldn’t mind changing Barber’s outlook on proceedings, as he aims to add to his latest spending spree.
Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos were officially unveiled by Chelsea yesterday.
Their arrivals are rather timely, considering the number of injuries starting Graham Potter in the face.
Each will potentially provide competition to the current pack, or even replace some of those struggling to impress.