Evan Ferguson has been linked with a move to Italian giants AS Roma, following his breakthrough Premier League season.
Roma join a long list of clubs interested in signing the 18-year-old after his remarkable start to life as a professional footballer for both club and country.
Ferguson made his first start in the Premier League at the beginning of 2023, and has gone from strength to strength since, also starting and scoring for Ireland since.
Just seven months after the Bettystown native signed his first professional deal with Brighton, which took him to 2026, he put pen to paper again after a remarkable introduction to Premier League football.
His latest contract would keep him at Brighton until 2028, but that hasn't stopped other clubs from registering an interest in him ahead of the summer transfer window.
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However, that hasn't deterred other clubs from keeping an eye on the striker going into the summer transfer window.
Evan Ferguson linked with Roma move
According to the Irish Mirror, Roma are in "the very early stages of exploring whether there would be a willingness by the player and his club Brighton to facilitate a move."
Roma join the likes of Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea on the list of teams keeping tabs on the Irish forward.
Ferguson will likely be spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding a new club if and when he chooses to do so, and he may be tempted by the allure of Jose Mourinho.
While Mourinho (rightly) has a reputation as a defensive manager, he does have a habit of getting the most out of big, physical strikers.
Tammy Abraham has enjoyed his time out in Italy under Mourinho, while the likes of Didier Drogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have both also had excellent spells under the self-acclaimed Special One.
Reports suggest Brighton will not entertain offers for Ferguson this year, with expectations being that he could leave at the end of next season.
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