Aleš Matějů close to £2.25m move to Brighton & Hove Albion

According to reports that emerged in the Czech press earlier today, Viktoria Plzeň’s Aleš Matějů is believed to be undergoing a medical ahead of a £2.25m move to Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.

The versatile full-back, 21, is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Premier League newcomers, joining his compatriot Jiří Skalák on the south coast of England.

A Czech under-21 international, Matějů spent time with PSV Eindhoven as a teenager before returning to Příbram, his home-town club, with whom he would make his professional debut with in 2014. Shortly after his introduction to senior football, he became the Středočeský side’s first choice left-back and quickly caught the attention of Viktoria Plzeň, who signed him to a four-year deal in the summer of 2015.

The versatile full-back, who is primarily a right-back by trade but can also play on the left, is energetic and well-rounded. His box-to-box performance against Ludogorets in 2016 being perhaps his best game to date, when marauded up and down the right flank and practically single-handedly drove a despondent Plzeň side forward in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Since joining the three-time Czech champions, the twenty-one year-old has made fifty appearances for the club and has played in both the Champions and Europa League during his time at the Doosan Arena.

Matějů has also represented his country at every youth age group, from Under-16 up to the Under-21s. However, he missed this summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championships after picking up a thigh injury towards the end of last season.

According to the Brighton-based newspaper The Argus, Brighton are looking to sign a right-back ahead of the start of the upcoming Premier League season. Perhaps tellingly, Matějů was an unused substitute for Plzeň in their recent Champions League qualifier against FCSB in Bucharest, despite the club having something of a defensive injury crisis.

Viktoria Plzeň have, in theory at least, already signed his replacement in Milan Havel, who joined from Bohemians 1905 a fortnight ago.

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  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 28th July 2017