Brighton striker Evan Ferguson has emerged as a long-term transfer target for Arsenal.

According to Football Transfers, Arsenal are plotting a move for Brighton forward Evan Ferguson next summer. However, the Seagulls will demand a fee of at least £100 million for the Republic of Ireland starlet.

Ferguson is one of the most exciting young prospects in the English football system. The 18-year-old striker enjoyed a breakout season at the Amex Stadium last time out. He was described as a “very special” talent by former England midfielder Danny Murphy. Ex-Brighton goalscorer Glenn Murray has even compared Ferguson to Erling Haaland, suggesting the pair have “similar attributes.”

That being said, Ferguson isn’t yet a guaranteed starter for Brighton, as Roberto De Zerbi is handling the teenager’s development with great care.

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The youngster was afforded 25 first team outings for the south coast club last season, and notched 10 goals. Ferguson also bagged 6 times in 9 appearances for the Brighton reserve team. He ended the campaign with 16 goals in total, across senior and youth levels of club football.

The 6’2” forward has a physicality beyond his years, and is already showing a great level of maturity in his game. As well as having an eye for goal, he has shown that he can effectively hold up the ball and involve himself in build up play. 

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Ferguson to Arsenal makes sense

It is easy to see why Mikel Arteta would admire the Brighton player. Arsenal have also had some recent success when it comes to dealing with the Seagulls, with both Ben White and Leandro Trossard having arrived at the Emirates Stadium from the club.

Whether the Gunners would be willing to match Brighton’s valuation of Ferguson, and pay a fee close to what they shelled out for Declan Rice remains to be seen. 

Ferguson would certainly be an exciting signing for Arsenal to make, and he would fit in with the north London club’s model of bringing in young talents with Premier League experience under their belt. He would also offer an interesting alternative to the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah when it comes to leading the line for Arteta’s side.

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