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De Zerbi in talks to extend his Brighton contract amid Liverpool, Man United & Barcelona interest

Brighton & Hove Albion have been speaking with manager Roberto De Zerbi about extending his contract at the club, according to talkSPORT.

The Italian has been the subject of plenty of interest from top clubs across Europe, and the Seagulls are keen on tying him down before anyone can snap him up.

There is an expected managerial merry-go-round this summer that will see some of Europe’s top bosses switch jobs, and De Zerbi is a wanted man to fill the resulting holes they could leave behind.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has announced that he will step down from his position at the end of the season, leaving the Reds to scramble for a replacement to fill his boots.

De Zerbi is reportedly on Liverpool’s managerial shortlist after leading Brighton to the Europa League for the first time in their history.

The 44-year-old joined the club following the departure of Graham Potter to Chelsea last season and led them to a historic campaign.

He has Brighton in the running for another strong finish in the Premier League and in contention to win the Europa League.

His exploits have garnered interest from Liverpool and other Premier League clubs such as Manchester United and West Ham United.

Man United could be looking to part ways with Erik ten Hag after a turbulent second season at the club, and De Zerbi is one of the coaches on their radar to replace him.

The former Shakhtar Donestsk and Sassuolo boss is also a candidate to replace David Moyes at West Ham. The Hammers will likely end their relationship with Moyes this summer and have De Zerbi penned as a potential replacement.

De Zerbi has also been touted as a candidate to replace outgoing Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez. The midfield maestro has struggled with the pressure of the Catalan club, and De Zerbi is a possible replacement.

With interest swirling from all corners of Europe, De Zerbi’s future at Brighton hinges on the club’s ability to match his ambition and get him to pen a new deal.

Brighton will hope he stays loyal and signs a new contract, but he could answer the call of a European giant and embark on a fresh challenge if they come calling. 

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