Lewis Dunk‘s agent has admitted that the Brighton defender would find it difficult to turn down a strong offer from a top six club if presented to him.
The Seagulls captain was linked with a move to Chelsea earlier in the transfer window before signing a long-term contract at the Amex Stadium to end speculation about his future. However, David Lee has indicated that his client could be tempted into moving if the right offer came through.
In an interview with Sports Mole, the agent said: “There’s been a lot of interest – every summer I get calls on him. It’s Brighton’s interest as well to keep him on long-term deals. The boy’s happy there, his kids are in school, he’s just built his own house in Brighton, he’s really happy there.
“I think if a top-six club comes along and really push the boat out for him then it’d be hard to say no, but he’s had quite a lot of chances to move to other Premier League clubs but doesn’t see that as a forward step. It’s just a shame he’s not in the England squad as I think he fully deserves it.”
Aside from a brief loan spell at Bristol City in 2013, Dunk has spent his entire career with Brighton, racking up 306 appearances for the Seagulls since his debut at the end of the 2009/10 season. He has just one England cap to his name, featuring in a friendly against USA two years ago.
He has been an integral part of Albion’s line-up for several years, making 36 or more league appearances in each of the last six seasons and playing every minute of their first Premier League campaign in 2017/18 (as per TransferMarkt).
The skipper has continued to perform to a high standard for Brighton, posting some of their best statistics from last season. He had the squad’s highest passing success rate with 87% while only two players bettered his 1.5 interceptions per game average. Also, his tally of three league goals was the joint-third highest in Graham Potter’s squad, an impressive feat for a centre-back. [via WhoScored]
Dunk’s long-term contract renewal last month, along with his agent’s comments about his contentedness in Sussex, should allow Brighton fans to rest assured that the captain is unlikely to be going anywhere soon.
With the defender turning 29 in November, though, opportunities to join a top six club may not come his way for much longer, so if someone like Chelsea were to make a lucrative offer for him next year, he may have a serious dilemma to consider.
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