Brighton are set to do battle with Leeds in the transfer pursuit of a 22-year-old talent – although this time Ben White isn’t the subject of the two clubs’ mutual desire.
Brighton & Hove Independent reported that the Seagulls and the newly-promoted Premier League side are vying for the services of Stuttgart forward Nicolas Gonzalez, who is expected to cost at least £15m.
The report added that AC Milan, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund are also keen on the Argentina international.
Gonzalez enjoyed a splendid 2019/20 season with Stuttgart, scoring 14 league goals in helping them to return to the Bundesliga as he mainly alternated between a left winger and centre-forward role (as per TransferMarkt).
The 22-year-old was previously a team-mate of Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister, with the duo having played together at Argentinos Juniors and combining for two goals in their 29 mutual appearances for the Buenos Aires club (as per TransferMarkt).
Gonzalez’s ability to switch between a wide and central attacking role could make him a very useful option for Graham Potter at the Amex Stadium. If he comes to Brighton, the Argentine could offer stiff competition for Leandro Trossard on the left flank as well as providing a potential alternative for Neal Maupay at the forefront of the Seagulls’ attack.
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Indeed, much like the 22-year-old, the Frenchman has an impressive track record in a second-tier league, having struck 25 goals for Brentford in the season before his move to Sussex last year, where he has since hit 10 Premier League goals.
Gonzalez boasts an encouraging scoring record, while his previous with Mac Allister could offer the potential of the two linking up effortlessly again at the Amex if Brighton can land his signature.
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His ability to play in a multitude of attacking roles is also an advantage and, even if he weren’t to go straight into the first team, his potency should offer him a strong chance of battling for a starting position or would at least give Potter a potentially game-changing option from the bench.
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