Exclusive – Solly March will sign a new long-term contract at Brighton & Hove Albion, despite great interest in his services from clubs in the Premier League and abroad.
The 27-year-old has spent his entire professional career at Seagulls since joining from foreign side Lewes in 2011, which ultimately helped them achieve promotion to the top flight in 2017 and keep them ready from relegation since then.
March is about to enter the final year of its deal at Amex Stadium, but 90 minutes can reveal that Brighton have fought for interest from Arsenal, Tottenham, Leeds, Newcastle and Burnley to get the winger to sign an extension.
Bundesliga sides RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund also showed great interest in March, which had an impressive 2020/21 campaign as Graham Potter largely used him as a fullback.
90min also understands that March was very much in Gareth Southgate’s thoughts ahead of Euro 2020. England manager had talks with former FA chief Dan Ashworth, who now serves as Brighton’s technical director, regarding a place for him in the 26 – man squad. However, Mars has still not yet received a higher international call.
March has made 203 appearances for Brighton, scoring 14 goals. He played 21 times in the Premier League last season, but has not played since February after suffering a knee injury against Liverpool.
Brighton have already completed the acquisitions of the highly ranked midfielder Enock Mwepu from Red Bull Salzburg and goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen from Ajax this summer, while Danny Welbeck recently agreed on the terms of a new one-year contract. Midfielder Yves Bissouma is still linked with a move, while Ben White is expected to sign for Arsenal on a £ 50m deal.
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