Manchester City have reportedly entered the race to sign Brighton & Hove Albion teen sensation Evan Ferguson.
As per recent reports from Sky Sports, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur hold a genuine interest in the 18-year-old striker, who has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season at the Amex Stadium.
But despite laying down the groundwork to lure him away from Brighton, they’ve got a fierce competitor in Man City, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Ferguson recently penned a new long-term contract at the Amex, pledging his future to the Seagulls until 2028, but the Premier League elite doesn’t seem to care much.
The prodigious marksman made his Premier League debut for Brighton in February 2022, coming on as a late substitute in a 3-0 defeat to relegation-bound Burnley.
Roberto De Zerbi has given him a more prominent role in the squad after replacing Graham Potter earlier this season, handing him 17 league appearances.
Ferguson has seized every opportunity to showcase his potential, bagging six goals and two assists to help the Seagulls secure European qualification for the first time in the club’s history.
However, his rise to prominence has not gone unnoticed, with Brighton likely to fall victim to their outstanding season after Europe’s elite top clubs started noticing their standout performers.
Despite his young age, Ferguson is one of them. And Pep Guardiola sees him as a potential candidate to replace Erling Braut Haaland if the Norwegian leaves for Real Madrid.
Haaland has been heavily linked with a mega-money switch to the Santiago Bernabeu of late, while his deputy Julian Alvarez has interest from Bayern Munich.
Although it’s highly unlikely that both players will leave the Etihad Stadium after only one season, Guardiola is unwilling to take any risks and has scoured the market for potential replacements.
Brighton will not give up their whizz-kid without a fight, with some projections forecasting Ferguson’s price to hit a £100 million landmark at some point in his career.