Premier League side Brighton have slapped a £3m price tag on the head of goalkeeper Christian Walton, in the hope of putting Derby County off making a move.
That is, according to respected journalist Alan Nixon, who claims the Seagulls are playing hard-ball over Walton as they try to put off potential buyers like the Rams.
BRIGHTON. Want 3m plus for keeper Walton. Put off WIGAN. Main reason for value is to keep value high as DERBY keen and asking loads for Bogle who is a BRIGHTON target. Poss swap still on.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 14, 2019
Walton has in the last few seasons in spells with Wigan Athletic, cementing himself as one of the finest young goalkeepers to not be playing regular Premier League football.
His future is up in the air this summer given Matt Ryan’s status as number one at the AMEX Stadium, but Brighton are looking determined to either get a decent fee for Walton or hold on to him completely given their current stance on the matter.
Derby have been long rumoured to have an interest in Walton, but it remains to be seen whether that interest will be followed up with any sort of firm bid given new manager Phillip Cocu is in the managerial hot-seat at Pride Park now.
The 23-year-old will be keen to keep playing regular first-team football, and could well be sat hoping that the Rams do indeed make their move to sign him as the long-term replacement for the experienced Scott Carson.
Walton is certainly a goalkeeper with a bright future, and to be honest, I’m not £3m is a fee which will put off many clubs looking at him.
In today’s market it is pocket change to a lot of clubs, and Walton could well go on to be worth plenty more than that in the future.
His form at Wigan has been impressive and he played such a vital role in them staying up last season. A move to a club challenging near the top of the division like Derby would represent the next sensible step in Walton’s career.