Brighton’s Pursuit of Baleba and Galatasaray’s Ziyech Deal: Transfer Roundup


Brighton is gearing up for a determined effort to secure Lille’s Carlos Baleba as their top pick to fill the void left by Moisés Caicedo. Meanwhile, Chelsea has entered into a verbal agreement with Galatasaray for Hakim Ziyech. Let’s delve into the latest transfer developments.

Brighton’s Target: Carlos Baleba 

Brighton has identified Lille’s rising star Carlos Baleba as their prime candidate to replace Moisés Caicedo. An initial bid of £14.5m plus £2.5m in bonuses was turned down by Lille, valuing the 19-year-old Cameroon midfielder at around £30m. Impressive performances in League one under manager Paulo Fonseca have elevated Baleba’s value. Brighton’s persistent interest in Baleba is evident, as they seek a swift deal amidst competition from other Premier League clubs. Although there were speculations about Liverpool’s interest, they are not pursuing the player.

Chelsea’s Move for Ziyech 

Chelsea are making progress toward signing Moroccan forward Hakim Ziyech from Galatasaray after failed negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain and Al Nassr. A verbal agreement in principle has already been made. The finalization of the deal is subject to additional details and medical assessments. Chelsea, meanwhile, is also making strides towards signing Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise and Southampton’s Roméo Lavia.

Laporte’s Potential Move to Al Nassr 

Al Nassr has stepped up its efforts to sign Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte, enhancing their salary offer. While a formal proposal is pending, discussions regarding personal terms are progressing. Manchester City is open to allowing Laporte to depart, contingent on his acceptance.

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Yassine Bono’s Move to Al Hilal 

Al Hilal has struck a deal with Sevilla to secure Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bono. The transfer involves a fixed fee of £16.2m plus add-ons. Negotiations over personal terms for a three-year contract are ongoing, with the move anticipated to be finalized after the European Super Cup fixture against Manchester City.

Andros Townsend’s Future Moves 

Former Everton player Andros Townsend has garnered attention from Saudi Arabia and Major League Soccer (MLS). Townsend’s free-agent status since June has triggered interest from these markets.

Nottingham Forest’s Bid for Nuno Tavares 

Nottingham Forest have made an offer to sign Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares permanently on a long-term deal.. Meanwhile, Newcastle is interested in securing Lewis Hall from Chelsea. Hall, despite signing a six-year contract with Chelsea, may potentially leave on loan, with a prior agreement in place with Crystal Palace.


The transfer market continues to witness intriguing developments as Brighton vies for Carlos Baleba, Chelsea navigates through negotiations with Galatasaray for Hakim Ziyech, and other clubs explore strategic signings and loans. The coming weeks promise further excitement and change in the world of football transfers.

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