Brighton transfer news: Albion ace wanted by Arsenal as Liverpool and Manchester United open talks West Ham's Declan Rice

Mat Ryan was forced to issue an apology to Brighton and Hove Albion fans earlier this week following comments he made regarding his January move to Arsenal.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 11:49 am
The Amex Stadium, home of Brighton and Hove Albion. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Australian moved to the Emirates for the remainder of the season after falling out of favour with Graham Potter – and his words suggested he isn’t intending to return to the Amex.

And according to The Sun, he might not have to, as the Gunners hope to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.

Ryan made his debut for Mikel Arteta’s men in the 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on February 6 after number one Bernd Leno was missing.

Sheffield United turned down a loan approach from Yorkshire neighbours Rotherham United for Billy Sharp. United would have had to subsidise Sharp's wages if he had made the temporary switch to the New York Stadium. (Sheffield Star)

Although Ryan will predominantly be used as a back-up to the German, Arteta is keen to tie the 28-year-old down a longer-term deal, alongside Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid.

Technical director Edu will now look to work on the finer details to get an agreement finalised with Albion. Ryan is under contract until 2021.

Meanwhile, Brighton full-back has suffered a knee ligament injury whilst on loan at Red Bull Salzburg.

The Austrian club have confirmed Bernardo will miss several weeks – likely to be sidelined until March.

Free agent strikers Daniel Sturridge and Ahmed Musa have been discussed by Newcastle, who are missing their key man Callum Wilson for up to eight weeks due to a hamstring injury. (Eurosport)

Bernado has already missed Salzburg’s last four games since picking up the injury against SV Ried on January 27.

We’ve also rounded up all of the other Brighton and Premier League transfer headlines:

Crystal Palace have joined Newcastle in the race for Juventus defender Radu Dragusin, whose future “hangs in the balance” with his contract set to expire at the end of the season. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Sport Witness)
Leeds United have signed 16-year-old defender Cuba Cline from Liverpool, as confirmed by the player via his Instagram account. Cline has represented England at under-15s level. (Various)
Liverpool and Manchester United have opened talks with the agent of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice over a summer move. (Ian McGarry - Transfer Window Podcast)
Bayern Munich fear Kingsley Coman could be tempted to join Manchester United this summer because there is a belief he could earn around £260,000-a-week before tax at Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)
Paris Saint-Germain have placed a £173million price tag on Kylian Mbappe, who is being targeted by Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City and Juventus. (La Parisien)
Tottenham Hotspur will demand a British record of £150million for Harry Kane with Manchester City and Manchester United likely to be in the market for a traditional number 9 at the end of the campaign. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal want to sign Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos and Brighton and Hove Albion’s Mat Ryan on permanent deals in what is predicted to be a big summer at the Emirates Stadium. (The Sun)