'They know' – Jamie Redknapp makes Brighton transfer claim as Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle loom
Trossard, 27, has been excellent for Brighton this season and has seven goals already in the Premier League.
Trossard is currently with the Belgium squad at the World Cup in Qatar and further impressive displays on the biggest stage could see Brighton receiving bids in the next window.
Trossard’s contract expires this summer but Brighton do have an option of a further year for a player they signed for around £15m from Genk in 2019.
Brighton are under no pressure to sell their star man but they have shown in the past that if it’s the right time and the right price, they are prepared to let players move on to the top clubs.
Albion have also been impressed by the emergence of their Japan international Kaoru Mitoma this season. He plays a similar role to Trossard and could fill the void and soften the blow if the Belgian did leave in January.
Redknapp is a huge admirer of Trossard and believes Albion could be willing to part with their prize asset. “They aren’t afraid to sell players because they can find the next one to come in, a bit like Trossard,” said Redknapp.
“They know clubs are going to be coming in for him in January or at the end of the season, but they can live with it.
“He is one of my favourite players and he has been for a few years. He just sees the game so well. He has every trick in the book. He can pass. He presses really well. He has got lovely skill. You press him and he will walk past you.”
Albion head coach is preparing for his first transfer window with Brighton, having replaced previous boss Graham Potter after he left for the riches of Chelsea.
De Zerbi will want to keep hold of his best players such as Trossard and Moises Caicedo but he also wants to add to his squad as they continue their push for Europe.
"We haven’t spoken yet with the club (about January plans),” De Zerbi said. “I think we need something to complete the squad. We have some positions on the pitch where have to do something for sure but I think there will be a lot of problems.”