Brighton face transfer battle with bitter rivals Crystal Palace to sign Porto defender

Brighton & Hove Albion will have to fend off stiff competition from fierce rivals Crystal Palace to land FC Porto defender Zaidu Sanusi, according to The Daily Star.

The left back appeared 40 times in all competitions and scored three goals for Dragões last season.

The 25-year-old, who has been capped ten times by Nigeria, sealed FC Porto’s 30th Liga Portugal Bwin title after netting a stoppage time winner against bitter rivals Benfica in May.

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The Daily Star has reported that Sanusi, who is represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes is under contract at the Estádio do Dragão until 2025.

Brighton & Hove Albion will have to fend off stiff competition from fierce rivals Crystal Palace to land Porto defender Zaidu Sanusi - pictured in action against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League in November 2021. Picture by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

But the Portuguese champions would be willing to sell the Nigerian and have set an asking price of at least £20m.

The Seagulls have also been heavily linked with Paraguayan wonderkid Julio Enciso. Albion attempted to sign the 18-year-old from Paraguayan Primera División side Club Libertad in January but talks broke down.