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Report: PL striker preferred staying at current club instead of Manchester United transfer

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Stoke City's English defender Axel Tuanzebe vies for the ball with Brighton's Evan Ferguson. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Brighton star Evan Ferguson preferred staying over Manchester United move

The Athletic (Subscription Required) reports that Brighton and Hove Albion forward Evan Ferguson preferred to stay instead of moving to Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

ESPN previously reported that the Seagulls ‘laughed off’ United’s £50m bid for the Brighton forward. Subsequently, the Red Devils decided to sign Rasmus Højlund from Serie A side Atalanta.

The Seagulls already sold some of their players like Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister, and Robert Sánchez for massive profits. Their effective negotiation earned them a reputation for getting the highest value for their assets.

The 18-year-old is one of their most valuable players if not the most, and there is no way they will sell him for just £50m.

Manchester United identify Brighton & Hove Albion youngster Evan Ferguson as potential summer 2024 signing.
Evan Ferguson chose Brighton & Hove Albion over his boyhood club Manchester United this summer. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Ferguson chose to stay at Brighton as his priority is regular football and the appealing style of play at Brighton.

Ferguson has already broken into the Republic of Ireland squad and opened his international account against Latvia in March 2023.

The 18-year-old is already well-built to go shoulder-to-shoulder with any defense line in Europe. Ferguson has earned a reputation for his pace, aggression, off-the-ball movement, and ability to score goals from either foot.

The Republic of Ireland international has scored 14 goals and provided four assists for Brighton in 34 games. Ferguson has started the current season in sensational form, scoring four goals in five Premier League games.

United’s new forward Højlund has opened his account in the 4-3 loss against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The 20-year-old has only appeared in three games so far with that one goal to show for it.

However, the overall performance from Højlund received a lot of applause from pundits and fans. The Danish international definitely has everything to become a world-class forward while contributing to United instantly.

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We have to wait and see if United returns for Ferguson in the future, as top clubs typically anticipate strong competition for every position. The Brighton forward grew up supporting the Red Devils and ultimately, he will move to a bigger club with Old Trafford being a very likely destination.

Written by Siddharth Juyal

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