Man Utd have ‘three-year’ Evan Ferguson plan as details leak on record transfer

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Manchester United could reportedly launch a move for Brighton starlet Evan Ferguson after watching him closely for around three years. The teenage forward has emerged as one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents since breaking into Brighton’s first team and looks set to enjoy a stellar career at the very highest level.

Ferguson remains tied down to the Seagulls until the summer of 2028 but is said to have emerged as a target for some of England’s biggest clubs. The likes of Manchester City and Chelsea have been credited with an interest in the 18-year-old but United will be hoping to get the jump on their rivals when the bidding opens in January or next summer.

The Red Devils have been keeping tabs on Ferguson’s development for several years and remain eager to snap him up in the near future, according to The Mirror. A move will certainly not come cheap, though, with Brighton having gained a reputation for fleecing top clubs in exchange for their best young players.

It is claimed that United could be forced to shell out more than double the £72million they paid to land Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta earlier this year. Whether or not they will be prepared to do so remains to be seen, although they would surely get a return on their investment by adding one of the world’s best attacking prospects to their ranks.

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United came close to landing Ferguson back in 2021 during his time with Irish side Bohemians before he eventually chose to join Brighton. He previously revealed that he was on trial at Old Trafford and was also pursued by the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Celtic prior to linking up with the Seagulls.

“I was on trial with Manchester United, Celtic, and Everton,” Ferguson told Sussex Live. “I think from the outside it was obvious to see that [pathway at Brighton] and most of the managers here have given chances to young players.

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“It was my decision, I think [Brighton] was a good club. When I came over it was different from all the other clubs. Obviously there were some other Irish boys here and you could see a pathway for them. It just had a different feeling here, everyone was welcoming. It was good.”

United academy director Nick Cox has previously admitted that allowing Ferguson to slip through their grasp three years ago was a ‘£50m-plus mistake’. The Red Devils will be hoping to put things right by securing his services in the not-too-distant future, but only time will tell if they can win the race ahead of City and Chelsea when it comes to stumping up the cash.

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