Manchester City may be interested in Brighton and Hove Albion winger Kaoru Mitoma, but nothing will happen in the coming months.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who has claimed that Brighton want to keep the 26-year-old despite City’s reported interest, and that there is nothing concrete between the two clubs at the moment.
City are not the only club interested in the Japan international, with Barcelona, Liverpool and Napoli also amongst the clubs reportedly keen on signing the winger, but everyone will have to wait to see how a deal eventually progresses.
On his Substack column, Romano claimed that Brighton want to fend off interest in their star despite the reported interest from Pep Guardiola’s side.
“My understanding is that there is nothing at the moment – I asked today and there is nothing to report on player or club side,” Romano stated.
“Brighton love Mitoma and for sure they want him to stay on a long-term deal, it’s very normal to see top clubs following him but as I said for Evan Ferguson, also for Mitoma we’ll get ten or more links per week but nothing will happen this or next month.
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“Mitoma is 100% focused on Brighton and they don’t even want to mention an asking price for the player.”
Could Mitoma join Man City?
The winger has been described as “exciting” by Brighton CEO Paul Barber, and he would certainly add a creative spark to the City side should he join.
The winger scored 10 and assisted 8 times for Brighton last season, with his speed and immense dribbling ability standing out as he quickly became one of the most electric wingers in the Premier League.
He could prove to be an excellent addition on the left wing, but a deal currently seems far off, and Brighton have proven tough to negotiate with in the past.
The arrival of Jeremy Doku this summer has perhaps reduced the need for a winger in January, but Mitoma could be a player to keep an eye on next summer.