Leandro Trossard Joins in £27m Deal

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Belgian winger Leandro Trossard from Brighton & Hove Albion for a reported fee of £27m. Trossard has been handed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the option for a further year. The player has also been handed the number 19 shirt, last worn by the on-loan Nicolas Pépé.

Arsenal were quick to confirm the deal in the wake of missing out on long-term transfer target Mykhailo Mudryk, who joined rivals Chelsea in an £88m deal. The club also missed out on the chance to loan in Atlético Madrid winger João Félix, who also joined Chelsea.

The disappointment on missing out on Mudryk has meant that Arsenal kicked up their search for a new winger into overdrive. Rumours abounded of interest in Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby, however, the German outfit were unwilling to sell mid-season.

Trossard was previously of interest to Arsenal when Sven Mislintat was the club’s head of recruitment. Trossard was, at that point, considered to be one of the hottest prospects in Europe at the time, during his spell with Genk, however, it was Brighton who shocked the football world to secure his signature.

Trossard began his career with Belgian side Genk; though was loaned out to Lommel United (where he scored twenty-four goals in fifty-one matches across two non-consecutive loan spells), Westerlo (scoring five goals in twenty-one matches) and OH Leuven (scoring eight goals in thirty-one apperances).

Upon returning to Genk, Trossard racked up twenty-seven goals in eighty-three matches for the team.

In 2019, Trossard joined Brighton & Hove Albion for £18m.

Since joining Brighton, Trossard has been one of the Premier League’s trickiest wingers, scoring twenty-five goals across four campaigns for the Seagulls.

Trossard is a right-footed winger who mainly operates from the left-hand side, but has been known to occasionally operate on the right-hand side when needed.

Recently, Trossard has fallen out with Brighton and manager Roberto De Zerbi, after Trossard left a recent training session without permission.

In recent weeks, the relationship between player and manager has deteriorated to the point where he has not been selected for matches, allowing talented Kaoru Mitoma to start in his place.

That Trossard and his agent, Josy Comhair, have fallen out with Brighton is a worry for Arsenal fans, who would hope against a repeat of the situations of Mattéo Guendouzi, Mesut Özil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Trossard’s sudden availability has caught the attentions of other clubs in the Premier League too. Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur made a verbal offer of £12m at the beginning of the window which was “laughed off” by Brighton.

Trossard’s age-profile has been the centre of a debate among Arsenal fans. Though undoubtedly talented, Trossard also represents something of a departure from Arsenal’s usual recruitment policies. In recent seasons, Arsenal have tended to sign players between the ages of 21 and 25 (though Matt Turner and Oleksandr Zinchenko have been exceptions to this rule). Trossard, who turned 28 in December, is a radical departure from Arsenal’s usual recruitment focus.

Trossard is not expected to be the final deal of the January window either. A deal for Polish central-defender Jakub Kiwior is thought to be close, while a bid for Iván Fresneda is imminent.

The player has been registered in time for Arsenal’s match against Manchester United on Sunday.

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