While they might have a target in mind going into a game, scouts often travel their designated country to watch matches in case someone performs well and they can add another potential target to their list.
For example, Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City were both at Dijon-Marseille on Tuesday evening, according to Mercato365, which ended 0-0.
At first glance, it’s hard to see who either club were keeping an eye on, at least for their first-team, as previous interest from Brendan Rodgers’ side in Morgan Sanson will probably have gone out the window the moment they signed Dennis Praet from Sampdoria, who offers a similar profile.
They might have travelled to see how he was doing in general, but we doubt a move is in the pipeline, especially considering the cover they currently have in midfield.
The rest of the squad is fairly balanced, apart from maybe up front, but the talent on display during the game isn’t exactly of the standard Leicester are looking for, even if Darío Benedetto has started the season well for Marseille.
There was some young talent featuring, however, with two 20-year-olds in Dijon’s attack, including the highly rated Mounir Chouiar.
Both Brighton and Leicester could potentially be keeping an eye on the forward, who was once a target for the likes of Watford and Bournemouth when he was at Lens.
It was said the pair were ‘working assiduously’ to sign Chouiar, with a loan reportedly already planned by Eddie Howe’s side.
That move never materialised, however, as the youngster signed for Dijon for just over £3m on September 2nd, and has played in the three games since.
It’s worth keeping an eye on these kind of things, as recurring trips to Ligue 1 games he features in could provide a better idea of whether or not he was the target of this particular trip.