Brighton & Hove Albion are set to oust Liverpool and Manchester City in the race to sign Kacper Kozlowski.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, Brighton & Hove Albion are closing in on the capture of Kacper Kozlowski. They have negotiated an £8 million for the young phenom from Pogon Szczecin, with an announcement likely to be made sooner rather than later.
Kozlowski would still require a work permit, but Brighton are confident that it can be arranged as soon as the deal is officiated. They are also expected to ship the youngster out to Royale Union Saint-Gilloise on a short-term loan deal to help him gain more experience in professional football.
A central midfielder by trade, Kozlowski is highly regarded as one of the most talented players to come out of Poland since Robert Lewandowski. Although many players have failed to live up to the tag in the past, the young phenom from Pogon Szczecin has made a lot of waves in the market due to his performances in Ekstraklasa.
A member of the club’s senior team since 2019, the teenage sensation has already notched up 42 appearances in all competitions. He has won six caps for his country as well, making a huge impression with his technical skill and positioning sense.
Kowzlowski’s rapid rise to prominence has also made him a top target for Liverpool and Manchester City. In fact, the Reds were in pole position to sign the youngster a few months ago, but the deal didn’t progress much, allowing Brighton to become the new favourite.
It will serve as a blow for Jurgen Klopp, who was famously the one to bring Robert Lewandowski to Borussia Dortmund over a decade ago. Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola could have used the services of the young Pole as well, especially given that Kevin De Bruyne has had injury issues while the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho are not getting any younger.
At the end of the day, Brighton appear to be a much more logical destination for the young Kozlowski, as he looks to make a big breakthrough in England. Although the 18-year-old is unlikely to play in the Premier League for at least the next six months, the Seagulls are certain to welcome him with open arms when he returns to Amex next summer.