Arsenal open talks to sign Brighton star Leandro Trossard

Arsenal open talks to sign Brighton star Leandro Trossard for £20m after he stole a march from rivals Tottenham as the Belgian pushes to leave amid a standoff with boss Roberto De Zerbi this month

  • Arsenal have opened talks with Brighton over Leandro Trossard’s move
  • The Belgian has been linked with a move from the Amex this month
  • Trossard has fallen out of favor with Brighton’s new manager Roberto De Zerbi
  • The Gunners have opened talks after missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk this month

Arsenal have entered the race to sign Brighton striker Leandro Trossard.

The Belgium international is in the middle of a standoff with coach Roberto De Zerbi and is expected to leave the Amex Stadium this month.

Tottenham have been monitoring their situation but Arsenal have stolen a march on their north London rivals by opening talks with Brighton over a move in January.

Leandro Trossard has emerged as Arsenal's transfer target in the January window

Leandro Trossard has emerged as Arsenal’s transfer target in the January window

Mikel Arteta's side have opened talks with Brighton over a potential move for the Belgian

Mikel Arteta’s side have opened talks with Brighton over a potential move for the Belgian

Until yesterday Trossard was training alone in Brighton and now it is increasingly likely that he will leave.

sports mail believes the fee will be in the region of £20m.

Mikel Arteta has been on the hunt for a new striker this month and was on course to sign Mykhailo Mudryk.

But Chelsea’s late intervention dashed their hopes of signing the Ukrainian.

However, the Gunners have acted quickly to identify other targets and are now hoping to get a deal across the line for Trossard in the coming days.

Leandro Trossard's future at Brighton is in the balance after a row with Roberto De Zerbi

Leandro Trossard’s future at Brighton is in the balance after a row with Roberto De Zerbi

Chelsea announced the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk from Shaktar Donetsk last Sunday

Chelsea announced the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk from Shaktar Donetsk last Sunday

Trossard and De Zerbi have had a public row of late, with the manager slamming the player’s attitude and pace of work since his return from the World Cup with Belgium.

Trossard did not appear for the Seagulls in 2023 and was not involved in his team’s 3-0 win over Liverpool after leaving training early without De Zerbi’s permission.

Rumors had been circulating that the Belgian was a key transfer target for Arsenal rivals Tottenham but it seems the Gunners are set to win the race for the attacking midfielder.

De Zerbi and Trossard have apparently been at odds since the Italian coach took over

De Zerbi and Trossard have apparently been at odds since the Italian coach took over

In a statement released last week, Trossard’s agent Josy Comhair revealed his client’s strained relationship with De Zerbi.

“After the World Cup there was an argument between Leandro and a player in training over a small matter,” said Comhair.

“The manager hasn’t spoken to Leandro since then, which of course is neither conducive to the atmosphere nor performance-oriented.

“Last Monday the manager humiliated Leandro in the group and indicated that he didn’t want to see him anymore.

“A manager who hasn’t communicated directly with his player for four weeks is really incomprehensible. Incidentally, it is also the manager who has repeatedly pointed out that a transfer is the most convenient solution.’

Trossard is Brighton's top scorer in the Premier League this season with seven goals in 16 appearances

Trossard is Brighton’s top scorer in the Premier League this season with seven goals in 16 appearances

Despite their recent clash, Brighton manager De Zerbi has hinted he would welcome the player back to training.

“I’m comfortable and ready to open doors for him because he’s a good guy and a very important player for us,” he said.

“He’s changing teams but he has to understand and work with my attitude, my way, because I’m the coach, I make the rules in the dressing room, just that.”

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