Incredible XI of ex-Brighton stars who joined rival Premier League teams worth £392m would challenge for silverware


BRIGHTON have taken the Premier League by storm in recent years thanks to a breathtaking emergence of talent on the South Coast.

It has seen a number of top flight clubs raiding the seaside outfit for their best stars – earning them a nice profit.

Graham Potter and now Roberto De Zerbi have been credited for turning Albion into a formidable side.

But their recruitment team also deserve a huge pat on the back for scouting some secret talent.

Goalkeeper Robert Sanchez was on Brighton’s books as a teenager having moved over from Spain at 15.

But after 90 appearances – and a falling out of favour with De Zerbi – he was sold this summer to Chelsea for £25million.

It was just another piece of business between the two sides, after the Blues signed Marc Cucurella for £62m the year before.

The same season, centre-back Levi Colwill shone in Brighton’s defence but they failed to convince Chelsea to make the move permanent.

Colwill acted as a replacement for Ben White, who signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2021 for £50m and has since fitted in largely at right-back.

Last January, Brighton sold Dan Burn to Newcastle for £13m as they fought Premier League relegation at the time.

Brighton’s departures

Caicedo £115m to Chelsea

Cucurella £62m to Chelsea

Mac Allister £55m to Liverpool

Ben White £50m to Arsenal

Trossard £27m to Arsenal

Bissouma £25m to Tottenham

Robert Sanchez £15m to Chelsea

Maupay £15m to Everton

Knockaert £15m to Fulham

Burn £13m to Newcastle

Colwill returned to Chelsea

Total: £392m


Brighton’s most profitable area of transfer business has undoubtedly come in midfield.

They sold Moises Caicedo for a Premier League record £115m to Chelsea this summer following rival interest from Liverpool.

It comes in the same window they also lost Alexis Mac Allister to Liverpool, who triggered his £55m release clause.

And Yves Bissouma was previously sold to Tottenham for £25m the season beforehand.

Going forward, in the last winter window Arsenal did another deal with Brighton, landing Leandro Trossard for £27m.

Neal Maupay broke out as a proven Prem scorer at Brighton before Everton signed him for £15m in 2022 and have since loaned him to Brentford.

Anthony Knockaert was another to shine at Brighton until he left permanently for Fulham in 2020 for £15m.

But the Frenchman has since departed England and now plays his football for Valenciennes in Ligue 2.

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