Tottenham may end up spending a British transfer record if they want to replace Harry Kane with Evan Ferguson. According to reports, Brighton believe that the Irish forward is the next major talent off their conveyor belt – and expect to command a bigger fee than they did from Chelsea for Moises Caicedo.
Spurs are searching for a long-term replacement for Kane, who has left for Bayern Munich in a £100million deal. But they could face having to pay a fee that blows Chelsea’s huge spending out of the water.
The Blues have twice broken the British transfer record this year. In January, they paid £105m to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica and spent £110m more on Moises Caicedo earlier this week.
Chelsea’s lavish outlay is set to raise the bar for spending among Premier League clubs. Teams lower down the table now know the Big Six have the money to lay down nine-figure sums on players.
Brighton starlet Evan Ferguson has been linked with a Tottenham transfer
According to Sky Sports, Brighton intend to receive even more money than they received for Caicedo by selling Ferguson in the years to come. The 18-year-old forward has enjoyed a Kane-like seamless transition into top-flight football over the last 18 months.
Ferguson’s minutes have been managed carefully by Brighton, with the teenager making only 21 Premier League appearances over the last few years. But he has scored seven goals in that time, including one during the Seagulls’ 4-1 opening day win over Luton.
The senior Ireland international would be the perfect replacement for Kane. Similar to the England captain in terms of his strength and technical ability, he is also a clinical goalscorer.
According to TeamTalk, Spurs have enquired to Brighton over whether they would be willing to sell Ferguson. He is supposedly one of the strikers being considered to replace Kane.
But Brighton will hope to keep Ferguson this season, knowing they could receive an astronomical sum in 12 months’ time if the attacker enjoys a successful campaign. Robert De Zerbi is expecting his best young player to become one of the Premier League’s top strikers.
“Ferguson is 18, but we have to control the age because he seems not like a normal 18-year-old,” De Zerbi said in May.
“He is a great player, he is already a great player, and I think he will become one of the best players, the best strikers in the Premier League. And I would like it if he can stay with us for a lot of years.”