Evan Ferguson is hot property at the moment – but the Manchester City target will be going nowhere in January.
That is the suggestion from Brighton owner and chairman Tony Bloom, who knows full well what an amazing prospect his club are currently sitting on.
Ferguson first came onto the scene at Brighton in August 2021, shortly after making his move there from Bohemians.
He has impressed people with his amazing all-round game despite his tender years.
Before the international break, he hit a hat-trick against Newcastle United which has increased his stock further.
Recently, it was suggested that City were monitoring Ferguson.
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But if the club felt like swooping in January then they can probably forget about it…
Tony Bloom says Evan Ferguson will not be offload in January amid interest from Manchester City and others
Brighton have become one of the best clubs when it comes to selling players.
They get young talents in for little to no money, develop them and then insist on huge fees to sell them.
They are run brilliantly, and Ferguson – described as ‘a very special talent’ by Alan Shearer – could potentially be their biggest sale yet. It’s been reported he is already valued at about £120 million.
But that will not be happening in the next transfer window, with Bloom pretty adamant the Seagulls will be keeping the teenager for the whole of 2023/24.
He said (via Irish Independent): “I don’t like to do much business in January.
“I can’t foresee any of our main players being sold in January. We just don’t do that. I’m not saying certain players might not be sold but none of our main players.”
A January move for Evan Ferguson was never likely anyway
City don’t tend to be that active in January windows.
The club were never likely to sign Ferguson in the next window, but at least it sounds like Brighton won’t be selling him to anyone, not just City.
Bloom and Brighton’s stance is completely understandable.
Ferguson is still only 18 and there is potential for his market value to sky-rocket the longer they keep hold of him.
We will see if City fancy swooping next summer. He’ll likely be extremely expensive, but perhaps it’s something Txiki Begiristain and Pep Guardiola will talk about.
The prospect of Ferguson and Haaland playing in a partnership together is bound to be very tempting.