Bissouma requests transfer
Yves Bissouma has been one of the standout performers for Brighton this season.
Graham Potter looks set to keep the Seagulls in the Premier League once again next season. He has relied upon the Malian midfielder to anchor his side, and be the key figure in retrieving possession and progressing play from the defensive third.
However, there is a challenge in keeping him this summer, with The Times reporting that the 24-year old has requested to be allowed to move on:
Yves Bissouma has asked to be allowed to leave Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of the season amid interest from a trio of the Premier League’s wealthiest clubs.
The clubs touted with interest in the former Lille man are Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.
101 produced a piece on why Bissouma should be a target for the Gunners late last year. Feel free to check it out here.
Klopp’s Bissouma admiration
Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer of Bissouma, and sees him as a natural replacement for the likely departing Gini Wijnaldum, according to reports.
The Dutch midfielder’s contract is up at the end of the season, and a move abroad is likely.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) May 7, 2021
Meanwhile, Arsenal are coming off the back of one of their worst seasons in recent memory, and Mikel Arteta has spoken of the need to be ruthless with his squad this summer.
“I think a project has its phases and I am telling you we are in a much better position today to be where we want to be very soon, if we do what we have to do. But we have to be ruthless,” he said.
“We cannot be crying and stuck on what we don’t have. We have to see what we do have and maximise it to get what we want.”
Whether such ruthlessness actually comes to the fore is a different matter.
Bissouma will be seen as a perfect partner for Thomas Partey.
Similar to Liverpool, Man City have a key midfield figure expected to depart this summer, with Fernandinho’s contract set to expire.
Guardiola could move to bring Bissouma in as competition for the likes of Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan.
However, the African may see Arsenal and Liverpool as options where playing time is more guaranteed.
Guardiola has spoken of how players who want to play every week can effectively leave Man City.
“I rotate the players a lot. When one guy wants to always play it’s not the right place to be,” he said.
Wherever Bissouma ends up, his performances on the south coast have earned him a high-profile switch.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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