Roberto De Zerbi isn’t having a great time in charge of Brighton & Hove Albion at this moment, and the weekend saw him lashing out at officiating in the Premier League.

The Seagulls manager insisted that VAR is poorly run in English football when compared with other countries which use it. That seemed somewhat misleading to anyone with even the slightest interest in other leagues, with dramas around Europe on a weekly basis.

Regardless, De Zerbi is allowed a little tantrum every now and again.

Brighton will be keen to kickstart their season as soon as possible, and looking further forward, De Zerbi will want a strong squad for the next campaign so he can get some more consistency of performance.

One player to have been linked is Radu Drăgușin.

Reports in Italy today say the 21-year-old defender is on the verge of signing a Genoa renewal. That new deal would last until June 2027, but there’s insistence it wouldn’t stop a transfer.

Brighton have ‘great interest’ in the Romanian defender, according to Calciomercarto, and AC Milan are also keen.

Calciomercato suggest a club could agree a €30m+ deal in January, made up of cash and players, or cash alone, but leave Drăgușin at Genoa until the end of the season.

That would be the perfect scenario for the Serie A side, whether Brighton are ready to play on those terms remains to be seen.