Chelsea report: Graham Potter eyes reunion with Brighton star Leandro Trossard
Chelsea face competition from Newcastle for the in-form Belgian
Chelsea and Newcastle are interested in signing Brighton's Leandro Trossard, say reports, with Blues manager Graham Potter eager to be reunited with his former charge.
Potter left the Seagulls in September to replace Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge, after the German was sacked in the wake of a shock Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.
The Englishman has enjoyed a great start in west London, going on a six-match unbeaten run that has included wins in the last five matches.
Chelsea were the biggest spenders in Europe over the summer, splashing out a club record £273 million on new signings including Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella and Wesley Fofana.
But 90Min reports that they could dip into the market again to try and prise the in-form Trossard away from the south coast.
Potter would like to be reunited with the Belgian, who has a deal until 2024 at the Amex.
But the Blues could face competition from Newcastle United, who now have former Brighton sporting director Dan Ashworth in charge of transfers.
Ashworth is monitoring the situation as the Seagulls try to convince Trossard to sign an extension.
The 27-year-old arrived at the Premier League club from Genk in the summer of 2019.
He has been in fine form this season, scoring five goals in nine league games including a stunning hat-trick at Anfield against Liverpool on new boss Roberto De Zerbi’s debut.
Trossard is valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt.
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Chelsea are said to have made long-term target Declan Rice their top transfer target for 2023.
Meanwhile, it's been reported that the Blues at the front of the queue to sign AC Milan and Portugal forward Rafael Leao and that they've already made an acceptable offer to RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku.
In other news, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has described how he's found it "strange" not to be playing under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea – after the German was sacked last month.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.
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