Brighton continue to show an interest in signing Barcelona prospect Monchu, although they face some stern competition in the race for his signature.
The Sunday Mirror reported [via Sussex Live] that the Seagulls are joined by West Ham and Juventus in their pursuit of the 20-year-old, with the La Liga trio of Real Sociedad, Valencia and Real Betis also though to be interested.
According to Sussex Live, the Serie A champions have already had a bid of £18m plus add-ons rejected by the Camp Nou club, who would be open to a loan move for him on the basis that the club taking him would pay his wages in full and agree to having an option to buy him for £36m when the loan deal expires.
Monchu, who according to The Sunday Mirror [via Sussex Live] has drawn comparisons with ex-Barcelona legend Xavi for his playing style, made his competitive debut for the Catalan club with a late substitute appearance in their Champions League win over Napoli on Saturday night. He had also been on the bench for several of their post-lockdown La Liga matches.
It is an indication of how highly he is rated at Camp Nou that the club want to tie him down to a new four-year contract, although his lack of first team opportunities has reportedly prompted him to seek a move elsewhere. [via Sussex Live]
A central midfielder with an eye for goal, as well as being capable of playing in a defensive midfield role, Monchu could give Brighton a greater scoring threat from the middle of the park if he were to end up at the Amex Stadium – the Seagulls’ central midfield quartet of Aaron Mooy, Davy Propper, Yves Bissouma and Dale Stephens managed a paltry four goals between them last season.
Given his goal-scoring abilities and Barcelona’s desire to keep him at the club, Monchu certainly seems like he would be quite a coup for Brighton if they can land him.
However, with the La Liga side insisting on some stringent loan clauses, including that £36m option to buy, the Seagulls’ chances of signing him could be fanciful, particularly with Premier League clubs set to be hamstrung financially by the consequences of the global pandemic.
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Also, with perennial Serie A champions Juventus lurking, the youngster could be tempted to the highly successful Turin outfit rather than taking the challenge of chasing Premier League survival at Brighton.
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