Arsenal offered Brighton midfielder Leandro Trossard after losing out on Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea


    Brighton's Leandro Trossard celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea at the Amex stadium in Brighton, England, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
    Leandro Trossard has been offered to Arsenal (AP)

    Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Brighton midfielder Leandro Trossard after losing out to Chelsea in the race to sign Mykhailo Mudryk, according to reports.

    The Premier League leaders were frontrunners to sign Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk this month but were unable to agree a fee with the Ukrainian club after several weeks of negotiations.

    Arsenal’s failure to strike a deal allowed Chelsea to make their move as co-owner Behdad Eghbali and director of global transfers Paul Winstanley travelled to Turkey to negotiate with Shakhtar on Saturday before returning to London with Mudryk on their private jet once a €100 million (£88.6m) deal had been agreed.

    The Gunners are now searching for alternatives and a move for Barcelona winger Raphinha, who was on their shortlist in the summer, is now being considered.

    However, The Independent reports that Arsenal still want to make two signings after missing out on Mudryk and have been offered Trossard from Brighton.

    New Chelsea FC signing, Mykhaylo Mudryk is introduced to the fans on the pitch at half time during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on January 15, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
    Mykhailo Mudryk completed his £88.6m move to Chelsea on Sunday (Getty)

    The Belgium international is currently looking to leave Brighton this month after a falling out with the team’s manager Roberto De Zerbi.

    Speaking on Saturday, Trossard’s agent, Josy Comhair, accused De Zerbi of ‘humiliating’ in front of his Brighton teammates.

    ‘In the run-up to the match against Middlesbrough for the FA Cup, Leandro had already indicated twice that he had problems with his calf,’ Comhair said.

    ‘This was the reason why he stopped training. This was, incidentally, in consultation with the medical staff. The manager told Leandro that he had to train separately.

    ‘Last Monday, the manager [De Zerbi] humiliated Leandro in [the] group and indicated that he no longer wanted to see him. A manager who has not communicated directly with his player for four weeks is really incomprehensible.

    ‘It is also the manager who has indicated several times that a transfer is the most convenient solution.

    ‘It is therefore important that Brighton cooperates with a potential transfer during this transfer period and shows a benevolent attitude, which is beneficial to both parties.’

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