Brighton and Leeds are set to renew a now-familiar transfer rivalry in the race to sign defender Jhon Chancellor.
The print edition of Italian newspaper Tuttosport claimed [via Sport Witness] that Brescia, relegated from Serie A last season, could cash in on the centre-back, for whom they are hoping to receive between €4m (£3.57m) and €5m (£4.46m). Both Premier League sides are interested in the 28-year-old, although neither is believed to have made an offer for him so far.
Brighton have already managed to ward off three bids from Leeds, the highest of which was £25m, for Ben White, who has signed a new contract at the Amex Stadium, while both clubs are believed to be vying for Brentford’s left-back Rico Henry along with Aston Villa (as per The Sun).
Chancellor, who has been capped 17 times by Venezuela, chipped in with a decent tally of three goals in 27 games from centre-back for Brescia last season but was unable to prevent them from dropping into Serie B.
The giant defender, standing 1.98m (6 ft 7) tall, is unsurprisingly strong in the air, winning 2.4 aerial duels per game, while a match average of 5.4 clearances hints at a no-nonsense approach to defending. He is also tidy in possession, finding a team-mate with 86% of his passes – only Lewis Dunk with 87% had a higher passing success rate at Brighton in 2019/20 (as per WhoScored).
However, whether the Seagulls really need Chancellor is a matter for debate, as Graham Potter already has five centre-backs in his squad, and that is after sanctioning the loan exit of Shane Duffy to Celtic this week.
Also, unlike Dan Burn and Adam Webster, the Venezuelan has no experience of switching to a full-back role if needed, operating solely at the centre of defence during his career (as per TransferMarkt).
Brighton appear to have a lot more to gain than to lose from their reported pursuit of Chancellor. If they aren’t able to land him, Potter has the comfort of knowing that he is well-stocked for centre-back options.
Would Chancellor be a good signing for Brighton?
If they can bring him to the Amex, though, he would add a towering defensive presence who rarely wastes possession and who can be picked up for a modest transfer fee.
Brighton fans, how sweet would it be to beat Leeds in the race for Chancellor? Is he a player that the Seagulls need? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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