Friday, September 8, 2023

Brighton raise more than £300m in last year thanks to Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham deals

Brighton can take the crown as the best run club in football right now.

The Seagulls have developed an unerring knack of signing players for peanuts and selling them for mega profit.

Caicedo is set to leave Brighton this summerGetty

Moises Caicedo is the latest to add to that list with the south coast club making more than £100million in profit.

Caicedo was unearthed from Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle for just £4m… now Liverpool will pay £111m for the 21-year-old.

Brighton have managed to raise more than £300m in player sales in the last 12 months alone, but results on the pitch have not suffered.

Last season, they finished sixth to book their place in the Europa League for the very first time.

The man behind it all is Brighton owner Tony Bloom – the man who has been called the ‘Godfather of Gambling’.

Bloom, and his team at the Amex Stadium, have not been afraid to take punts on players only to unearth absolute superstars.

Even losing manager Graham Potter in the middle of last season turned out well for them.

Roberto De Zerbi was hired, amid much scepticism from some pundits, but he has been a revelation.

Bloom is the man behind the Brighton revolutionAFP

How does Bloom do it? The 53-year-old sports betting entrepreneur has his own data and software that analyses the whole market.

The algorithm is kept a secret, even from people inside the club.

The results are hard to argue with Caicedo signed for just £4m, Alexis Mac Allister for just £8m and Karou Mitoma another for just £3m from the J League. takes a look at the mega sales, and profit, that Brighton have made over the last year.

Last summer, the club raised more than £100m in player sales with the big name out the door being Marc Cucurella to Chelsea for £62m.

Brighton cashed in on Cucurella last summerGetty

He arrived at Brighton in 2021 for just £15.4m.

Yves Bissouma was sold to Tottenham for £25m, having signed for £15m from Lille in 2018.

Neal Maupay was actually a transfer the club lost money on, having signed him for £16m from Brentford only to let him go for £15m to Everton.

The selling continued in January as Leandro Trossard went to Arsenal in a deal worth £27m, having brought him to the Premier League in 2019 from Genk for £18m.

Trossard swapped Brighton for the Emirates in JanuaryGetty

It was always expected that more players would be sold this summer, chief among them being star midfield duo Caicedo and Mac Allister.

Mac Allister joined Liverpool at the start of the summer in a deal worth up to £55m, while Caicedo will be joining him for a British transfer record fee of £111m.

Brighton also sold back-up goalkeeper Robert Sanchez to Chelsea for £25m this summer, having joined the club as a 15-year-old.

That means the Seagulls have raised £321m in player sales in the last 12 months alone… with around £244m of that profit. 

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