Europa League-bound Brighton will have little time to celebrate in the immediate aftermath of the 2022-23 Premier League season as the Seagulls must begin to replace and reinforce its senior ranks under beloved boss Roberto De Zerbi after making history on the south coast.
For the first time in club history, Brighton will be competing on the European stage as a result of a superb effort under their gifted Italian tactician after unexpectedly finishing 6th in the table, marking a considerable improvement in the wake of the departure of former boss Graham Potter.
Under De Zerbi, Brighton was quickly re-forged into one of the most vaunted attacking sides anywhere in England, with data stacking up against the elite sides in the country.
That could all be in danger of crumbling down to its foundations this summer after the club is consigned to the likely losses of star midfield pair both Moisés Caicedo, and Alexis Mac Allister, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool pushing to secure their signatures.
Adequately replacing the pair is of vital importance, while the need to add further quality to the squad so that it can bear the weight of a grueling Premier League campaign in conjunction with European nights cannot be understated.
Having already secured a ~£30m deal for Watford striker João Pedro, Brighton has found a replacement for one of the central departed in the vein of German international midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, whose free move to the AMEX has been confirmed by football insider Fabrizio Romano.
Dahoud, 27, is a product of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s academy setup and broke into the first team back in 2014 before spending three full seasons with Die Fohlen, ultimately moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
The Syrian-born midfielder, who has earned two caps for Germany in his career, brings a technical and creative profile to the Brighton first-team, which seemingly will point to his place in the team coming in as Mac Allister’s replacement, given his capability in both a left eight role as well as residually in the number 10 deployment.