Brighton are contemplating plenty of gamers at Shakhtar Donetsk, 90min understands, the membership the place boss Roberto De Zerbi was beforehand in cost for 14 months till July 2022.
De Zerbi is known to be very pleased with Brighton’s present squad however feels a few additions within the January switch window might safe a top-half end within the top-fight for the primary time ever.
The centre of defence is one space they want to bolster. Ahead choices are additionally a consideration, though that might depend upon whether or not they lose anybody – in-form Belgian Leandro Trossard is at present attracting quite a lot of rival consideration.
De Zerbi is about to take a seat down with colleague and good buddy Salvatore Monaco, who’s now a part of Brighton’s recruitment crew after beforehand working collectively at Shkahtar.
“Salvatore is my buddy however he’s additionally considered one of my extra vital colleagues,” says De Zerbi. “We converse just one language when it comes to soccer, when it comes to gamers.
“He is aware of what I would like when it comes to scouting, high quality of the subsequent gamers. He helped me at Sassuolo, at Shakhtar. In the mean time we haven’t spoken about new gamers.
“Within the World Cup interval we could have a gathering concerning the positions we’d like.”
Each De Zerbi and Monaco are pushing the Brighton hierarchy to take an in depth have a look at Shakhtar, who look set to lose plenty of massive names this January following a formidable Champions League marketing campaign, which noticed them end third of their group.
The true massive title at Shakhtar is winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, who seems to be like he might be leaving in an enormous January deal, however De Zerbi and Brighton have their eyes on a few of his teammates.
One is Mykola Matviyenko, a left-sided central defender who may also play left-back. The 26-year-old has lengthy been linked with a transfer to England and he nonetheless has quite a lot of admirers within the Premier League with the likes of West Ham, Leicester and Brentford all believed to be sustaining an curiosity.
De Zerbi and Monaco are believed to be massive followers of Matviyenko and regardless of having a contract till 2025, Shakthar can be open to a sale.
De Zerbi and Monaco have additionally expressed their perception that forwards Lassina Traore and Tete might be effectively suited to the Premier League and Brighton.
Traore joined Shakhtar from Ajax in 2021 and impressed when he first arrived in Ukraine. However since De Zerbi left, he has discovered first-team soccer tougher to come back by underneath new coach Igor Jovicevic.
Tete is at present on mortgage at Lyon, who beat plenty of Premier League golf equipment to land him on mortgage simply after the summer time switch window when FIFA sanctioned out of window strikes for some gamers impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Tete has carried out effectively since transferring to France, however the current appointment of Laurent Blanc has seen the participant turn out to be unsettled. He’s believed to be trying to go away and that has once more alerted his English suitors. Lyon are prepared to finish the mortgage early, and Brighton are a kind of golf equipment who’ve been alerted to his attainable January availability.