According to Football Insider, Brighton are unwilling to include a release clause in any potential new contract for star winger Kaoru Mitoma.
The Seagulls are optimistic of finalising a deal with the 26-year-old, according to Football Insider on Friday (6 October).
Mitoma’s current contract expires in June 2025, and numerous premier Premier League clubs are interested in acquiring his services.
Nonetheless, it is unlikely that a release clause will be incorporated in his new contract.
According to a reliable source, a buyout clause would “go against how Brighton do their business.”
Moises Caicedo’s contract did not include a release clause when he signed for Chelsea in the summer for a reputed £115 million.
The Ecuador international signed a new contract with Brighton in March but was released just under six months later.
Meanwhile, it is believed that the Seagulls had a verbal deal with Alexis MacAllister that permitted him to join Liverpool for a reduced amount during the summer transfer window.
The Reds paid a reported cost of £35 million, which increased to £55 million after add-ons.
Mitoma, who has had a strong start to the new season, is in the same league as the outgoing duo.
In 10 appearances across all competitions, the right-footer has three goals and four assists.
He has 10 goals and eight assists in 41 games in all competitions last season, helping the Seagulls to a historic sixth-place finish.
The Japan international is now paid £10,000 per week but is set to receive a substantial raise with any prospective new contract.
In other news, Brighton intends to reopen 32-year-old negotiations soon.