Leicester City Could Lose £30 Million Midfielder To Premier League Club

Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion are in negotiations with Leicester City to sign Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, according to The Athletic.

The player has been a major part of Leicester’s bid for promotion this season, but they may be about to lose him to Brighton & Hove Albion. There remains a gap in valuations between the two clubs regarding a fee, but negotiations are ongoing to try and come to an agreement.

Brentford are also interested in signing the 25-year-old but the Seagulls are currently the most advanced side in the race, while Arsenal and Fulham admire the player but are yet to make any move.

Leicester are looking for a fee of around £30 million to sell the Shepshed-born central midfielder, who has been at the club since 2006, spending his entire youth career there. He had loan spells at Blackpool and Luton Town before becoming a first-team regular during the 2021/22 season while the Foxes were still in the Premier League.

This season, he has made 27 appearances in the Championship, scoring nine goals and contributing to nine assists. Manager Enzo Maresca is reluctant to lose one of his star men, especially after Chelsea recently recalled Cesare Casadei from his loan deal early last week.

The club are working on signing a replacement for the former loanee in the shape of Inter Milan’s Stefano Sensi, but they may need to move quickly for another player if Dewsbury-Hall is to leave the club in the final days of the window.

Brighton’s involvement in the Europa League this season is a huge factor in the reason they currently lead the race. Roberto De Zerbi’s side topped their group in the competition, and are awaiting the last 16 draw that will take place in February.

The player has yet to agree to the move, and the Premier League side is only willing to pay a fee that they deem reasonable.

Writer’s View

Dewsbury-Hall is a brilliant footballer and he would thrive in a Roberto De Zerbi system. Leicester will be wary of losing a player of his quality so late in the window with very little time to replace him. It could blow the promotion race in the Championship wide open, with Southampton. Ipswich Town and Leeds United all being in the hunt for the automatic promotion spots.

Brighton’s bid to finish in the top six of the Premier League will get a huge boost if they manage to sign the player. It will be the first steps they’ve taken towards replacing Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister, who left the club for Chelsea and Liverpool respectively last summer.

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