How Brighton have sold their stars and continued to progress

14 Aug 2023
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See the NINE players who have left the Seagulls for Premier League rivals since the summer of 2021

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The sale of Moises Caicedo to Chelsea for a reported British transfer record fee of £115million is the latest in a long list of big transfer deals that Brighton & Hove Albion have done with other Premier League clubs.

Since July 2021 Brighton have sold nine of their stars to top-flight rivals - three of them to Chelsea - while repeatedly banking far bigger transfer fees than the ones they paid to acquire the players in the first place.

Brighton's sales to Premier League clubs
Player Signed from Sold to Date of sale
Ben White Southampton Academy Arsenal 30 July 2021
Dan Burn Wigan Athletic Newcastle 31 January 2022
Yves Bissouma Lille Spurs 17 June 2022
Marc Cucurella Getafe Chelsea 5 August 2022
Neal Maupay Brentford Everton 26 August 2022
Leandro Trossard Genk Arsenal 20 January 2023
Alexis Mac Allister Argentinos Juniors Liverpool 8 June 2023
Robert Sanchez Levante youth Chelsea 5 August 2023
Moises Caicedo Independiente Chelsea 14 August 2023

It’s not only their players who leave for Premier League clubs. Brighton also lost manager Graham Potter and his backroom staff to Chelsea in September 2022, as well as one of the men who worked on these transfers, head of recruitment Paul Winstanley.

And yet despite regularly losing their top stars and staff, the Seagulls continue to find some of the world's best talents on and off the pitch and to move higher up the table, qualifying for UEFA competition for the first time ever under Potter’s replacement Roberto De Zerbi.

See: 'Brighton show what a well-run club can achieve'

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