Seagulls cool Dunk exit talk

Published on: 17 July 2019

Brighton have made it clear that they have not received an offer from Leicester City for their captain Lewis Dunk.

Reports suggest that, if Manchester United snap up Harry Maguire this summer, the Foxes will attempt to land Dunk as a replacement for the England international.

However, the Seagulls' technical director Dan Ashworth has dismissed the possibility of Dunk leaving the south coast for Leicester, saying: "As far as we are concerned it is only speculation and we won't comment on speculation."

It was reported that Leicester would sign Dunk for £45million if they sold Maguire but Brighton fully expect the defender to still be their captain under new head coach Graham Potter this season.

Meanwhile, Ashworth has also cooled speculation linking Fulham with Anthony Knockaert and is keen to bring more young players into the first team.

Steven Alzate and Max Sanders featured in the recent pre-season victory against FC Liefering, and Ashworth said: "Graham has a clear view of what he likes and what he wants from the players and his record at Ostersunds and Swansea, the way he wants to play the game, the vision he has for the game, we've got to try to make sure we bring in or develop players that fit that strategy.

"The easy way is to just bring in players. People often forget about developing your own talent and we've got lots of good young players in the academy, good young players that were out on loan last year as well.

"So sometimes the answers are from within, not just going out and buying new players."

Brighton are 15/8 to be relegated in 2019/20 and 3/1 to beat Watford in their first game of the season on 10th August.

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Brighton have made it clear that they have not received an offer from Leicester City for their captain Lewis Dunk.

Reports suggest that, if Manchester United snap up Harry Maguire this summer, the Foxes will attempt to land Dunk as a replacement for the England international.

However, the Seagulls' technical director Dan Ashworth has dismissed the possibility of Dunk leaving the south coast for Leicester, saying: "As far as we are concerned it is only speculation and we won't comment on speculation."

It was reported that Leicester would sign Dunk for £45million if they sold Maguire but Brighton fully expect the defender to still be their captain under new head coach Graham Potter this season.

Meanwhile, Ashworth has also cooled speculation linking Fulham with Anthony Knockaert and is keen to bring more young players into the first team.

Steven Alzate and Max Sanders featured in the recent pre-season victory against FC Liefering, and Ashworth said: "Graham has a clear view of what he likes and what he wants from the players and his record at Ostersunds and Swansea, the way he wants to play the game, the vision he has for the game, we've got to try to make sure we bring in or develop players that fit that strategy.

"The easy way is to just bring in players. People often forget about developing your own talent and we've got lots of good young players in the academy, good young players that were out on loan last year as well.

"So sometimes the answers are from within, not just going out and buying new players."

Brighton are 15/8 to be relegated in 2019/20 and 3/1 to beat Watford in their first game of the season on 10th August.

Source: bet365.com

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