Brighton will not stand in De Zerbi's way after Man United reveal

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

5th Dec, 2023 | 6:30am

Sources: Brighton will not stand in De Zerbi's way after Man United reveal

Brighton will not stand in manager Roberto De Zerbi’s way if he wants to leave the club in the future amid strong Man United interest, sources have told Football Insider.

Football Insider revealed on Saturday (2 December) that De Zerbi is likely to pledge his future to the Seagulls as they prepare to offer him a new contract at the club.

But it is believed that if the Italian were to have his head turned, Brighton would be willing to let him go if their compensation demands are met.

The Seagulls have held out for top-bracket fees for several of their top stars in recent years and are ready to do the same with their highly-regarded manager.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that the south coast club would not block De Zerbi from leaving if he felt the time was right for him to move on.

It is believed there will be no immediate exit available to the Italian, despite links across Europe, and he is now set to pledge his future to Brighton with a new deal.

De Zerbi’s current contract at the Amex Stadium runs until June 2026.

Sources told Football Insider last month (3 November) that Man United had made the ex-Sassuolo boss a top target.

It is believed that incoming Red Devils owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe could sack underperforming manager Erik ten Hag and make the 44-year-old his successor.

He has also been linked with Man City and Real Madrid – as well as clubs from his native Italy.

De Zerbi took over at Brighton in September 2022 and guided the Seagulls to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League last season, securing them European football for the first time in their history.

The Seagulls have already confirmed their passage to the knockout rounds of the Europa League this term despite being drawn with AEK Athens, Marseille and Ajax.

In other news, EFL clubs plot January moves for Brighton sensation.