The Villarreal left-back has been identified as one of the club’s potential targets as Graham Potter looks to add more reinforcements in the defensive unit.
The latest reports in England suggest that Brighton are linked with a move for Villarreal left-back Alfonso Pedraza.
In July 2019, Pedraza was sent to Real Betis on a season-long loan.
The left-back has featured in 21 matches for Real Betis this term, netting one goal in all competitions.
He’s incredibly experienced for a 24-year-old and still has tons of room for growth.
Alfonso Pedraza has represented Spain at Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 21 caps and scoring 3 goals.
The 24-year-old will be high in demand this summer, with him having enjoyed a sublime season for Real Betis this term.
Graham Potter wants to sign a new left-back and Pedraza is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The Brighton manager has been impressed by his performances this season and could make a move this summer.
Brighton are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The left-back can also play as a full-back, offering Potter a different option should he change his formation at Brighton. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report, “Brighton are interested in signing Alfonso Pedraza from Villarreal. The Spanish club want to raise funds this summer so they can make investments for new boss Unai Emery. And Super Deporte claims Pedraza is a player they may be willing to put up for sale. The price tag suggested for the 24-year-old left back is £7.2 million. Brighton have the biggest interest in the Andalusian, who has played in England before. He was a Leeds United loanee, and spent last season on loan at Real Betis. Pedraza is not in the plans of boss Emery at Villarreal.”
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Villarreal are preparing to sell their left-back should they receive right offer for him.
Good signing for Brighton?
If Alfonso Pedraza is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Brighton.
The 24-year-old Spain international could be a very good squad player for Graham Potter over the next few years. He is at the peak of his career right now and Graham Potter could bring out the best in him.
A left-back of Pedraza’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Brighton squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Potter’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his defensive department.
It will be interesting to see where the player ends up this summer.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.