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Portsmouth: Matt Clarke will be making a mistake leaving Pompey for Brighton

Portsmouth: Matt Clarke will be making a mistake leaving Pompey for Brighton

With the League One season all done and dusted, attention can now all turn to the summer transfer window, and for Portsmouth, they are likely to be one of the more busier sides in the market.

Kenny Jackett’s side came close to an automatic promotion spot in the league and will likely be favourites next season to seal one of these positions in the table, but to do that, Portsmouth have to play the transfer market well, bringing in players that push the south coast side over the finish line whilst trying to retain the stars that flourished, and one of these names is Matt Clarke.

The defender has continued his incredible rise to prominence with another outstanding season with Pompey, and his performances have caught the eye of Premier League side Brighton, who according to the Portsmouth News are the frontrunner for Clarke this summer.

The 22-year-old, who is valued at £180,000 on Transfermarkt, no doubt has the potential to one day play in the Premier League, but at this stage in his career, a move to the English top flight might be too soon for Clarke.

Clarke will barely feature for a team that bolsters one of the better defences in the bottom half of the Premier League teams, meaning unless the former Ipswich academy product goes out on loan, the defender could miss a season or two of first-team football.

The money would be helpful for Portsmouth, but for both club and player, it will be best if Clarke remains with the League One side for another season.

Portsmouth fans, can the club keep hold of Clarke this summer? Let us know!

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