After spending last season on loan at Belgian club Union Saint-Gilloise, he returned to Brighton and quickly cemented his place in the squad. The 25-year-old made his full debut for the Seagulls in August 2021, featuring against Forest Green Rovers in the second round of the Carabao Cup. Since Roberto De Zerbi’s arrival at the club, Mitoma has been in tremendous form, with nine goals and six assists in all competitions.
Mitoma’s form and pace have not gone unnoticed, with several top clubs tracking his progress. Manchester United has been one of the teams closely monitoring the winger, with reports suggesting that scouts sent to watch Brighton matches have focused on Mitoma.
The reports on Mitoma will be beneficial to Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag as he prepares to face Brighton in the FA Cup semi-finals next month. The Dutchman is aiming for a cup treble this season, having already won the Carabao Cup, with United still in contention for the FA Cup and Europa League. However, ten Hag is planning a summer clearout at Old Trafford, with Anthony Elanga and Anthony Martial among the players facing the axe, which means United will need to make investments in the wide positions.
As is the trend at most top clubs, United is looking to Brighton to recruit, and Mitoma has caught their eye. Paul Barber, Brighton’s chief, acknowledged that Mitoma is likely to be in the spotlight during the next transfer window, given his performances. Brighton has earned huge sums of money through its smart recruitment policy in recent years, with several players moving on for large fees, including Marc Cucurella, Yves Bissouma, Ben White, Leandro Trossard, and Dan Burn. The Seagulls are expecting to sell World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister and £70million Arsenal target Moises Caicedo this summer, with Mitoma not far behind.
De Zerbi is hoping that the team’s success this season, with Brighton now in the FA Cup semi-finals and chasing Champions League qualification in the Premier League, will help retain their brightest stars on the south coast. Manchester United’s scouts will continue to monitor Mitoma’s progress closely as the club prepares for a busy summer transfer window.