Europa League-bound Brighton are in line for one of the transfer coups of the summer after the Seagulls have reached an agreement in principle for Ghanaian star Mohamed Kudus.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Roberto De Zerbi’s south coast outfit looks primed to add the highly-touted versatile attacking midfielder into the ranks at the Amex after Dutch giants Ajax have accepted their ~£40m offer, which would be a club record transfer for Brighton.
Kudus is reportedly close to agreeing to personal terms ahead of finally securing a move to the Premier League, with De Zerbi hopefully nailing down one of his reported key summer targets as the club is set to compete on the continent for the first time in its history.
A completed move for the Ghanaian star would see Brighton successfully ghost in for a player that has been heavily linked with interest from Premier League giants Arsenal this summer after Mikel Arteta and club technical director Edu Gaspar earmarked the 23-year-old as another versatile player to add into the senior setup at the Emirates while offering quality depth and cover for star right-winger Bukayo Saka.
Chelsea had also been linked with interest in recent weeks as their pursuit of Brighton’s Moisés Caicedo had considerably slowed down.
Despite a slow start to his stint with Ajax after he shone for Danish development house FC Nordsjælland, Kudus kicked into high gear after a fantastic showing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar for the Black Stars, putting in a sublime second half of the 2022-23 campaign for De Godenzonen, which ultimately saw him bag 18 goals and add a further 7 assists across all competitions.
The Seagulls have already added João Pedro, Bart Verbruggen, Igor, Adrian Mazilu, James Milner, and Mahmoud Dahoud into the fold in the wake of watching Alexis Mac Allister, Roberto Sánchez, Reda Khedira, and Aaron Connelly depart the club. But overall, Brighton has unquestionably strengthened the team under De Zerbi, and should Kudus sign on, expect the club to once again be in contention for a top-six finish.