CHELSEA have been tipped to win the race for one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents by Owen Hargreaves.
The 18-year-old striker burst onto the scene last season and earned himself a new five-year deal with the club last spring.
The Republic of Ireland international’s netted 14 league goals in just over 30 appearances for Brighton and has attracted interest from come of the Premier League’s biggest and best clubs.
Ferguson has netted a whopping four goals in four matches for the Seagulls already this season after a stunning hat-trick against Newcastle, and he is now a talent that the likes of Man City and Arsenal have been linked with in recent days.
And after his impressive start to the new season, the £100 million valued striker has now been tipped to make a move to Stamford Bridge in the coming transfer window, as the club will look to continue spending the cash.
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Hargreaves appeared on ‘The Kelly & Wrighty Show‘ and said: “That was against the best defence in the Premier League last season. Dan Burn looked very worried about Ferguson.”
“I like the fact that all three goals were different. The first one was an easy one, he was in the right spot. The second was a great goal. He’s a bit of an old school centre-forward, he’s got that physical profile.”
“Probably Chelsea,” he said when asked about the Irishman’s future, adding: “because they buy all of Brighton’s players”
Brighton chief executive Paul Barber recently sent a clear transfer message to the likes of CHELSEA about trying to sign Evan Ferguson
‘In Evan’s case, it’ll be in at least five years’ time!,’ Barber joked to TalkSPORT.
‘Ultimately the technical staff are making the key decisions on where a player is in his development, whether he needs more first team games or needs to go on loan or if we need to trade earlier or later.
‘Ultimately it’s going to be a collective decision but it’s driven by the technical staff and we’re relying on them to make those judgements regarding the players’ development.
‘There are times when it’s better for us to keep a player in and around our first team group, training with us and getting the odd first team appearance from the bench or in cup games, while on other occasions it’s better for them to go out on loan in Europe and others it’s better for them to stay in this country and be somewhere where we can keep a far closer eye on them.
‘For those decisions, Tony and I leave them to the technical staff and we only really get involved when we get to the financial decisions and where we go next.
‘It’s a combined effort, it’s a team effort and we’re as much of a team off the pitch as we are on it and Tony and I both believe that we’ve got to work collaboratively and effectively, but ultimately, Roberto De Zerbi is making the big calls when it comes to the playing squad.’
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