Brighton have confirmed the appointment of Roberto De Zerbi as their new manager.
talkSPORT understands the Italian, who succeeds Graham Potter as Seagulls boss, was on the radar of fellow Premier League club Bournemouth.
The 43-year-old made his reputation at Sassuolo with some thrilling football and impressive scalps against Serie A giants during his three-year spell.
He left the team from Emilia-Romagna in 2021 before taking over the reins at Champions League regulars Shakhtar Donetsk, but his stint in Ukraine was cut short by Russia’s invasion of the country.
Seagulls owner Tony Bloom wanted to appoint Potter’s successor before Brighton’s next Premier League game at Liverpool on October 1.
Bloom had seen his side begin their league season brilliantly with four wins and a draw from six matches, but that stability was rocked when manager Potter was targeted by Chelsea.
The Blues moved swiftly to take the Englishman from the AmEx stadium, with Brighton planning on giving midfielder Adam Lallana a player/manager role while they searched for a replacement.
But due to the postponement of their clash with Crystal Palace, Brighton won’t play again for two weeks, and could have a new face in the dugout by the time their next fixture rolls round.
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De Zerbi takes over a Brighton side that are currently fourth in the Premier League.