Arsenal have concrete interest in Brighton’s Yves Bissouma.
The Malian forms part of a Brighton midfield that has struggled to secure points this season, as Graham Potter’s men sit perilously close to the Premier League relegation zone. Despite the Seagulls’ difficulties, Arsenal are hovering around them.
Not in terms of league position (sort of), but instead with an eye on making a move for Yves Bissouma, who continues to attract admiring glances from across the country for his combative, yet elegant displays in the heart of midfield.
Interest from Mikel Arteta in the 23-year-old is nothing new. Since arriving from Lille in 2018, Bissouma has continued to develop on the south coast, gradually making his way onto the radars of numerous sides. Last season was his best individual campaign to date, form he’s carried on improving to the point of continent-wide acclaim.
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On the list of targets under consideration, football.london revealed that a decision has been made by Arsenal about the midfielder, with their interest ‘genuine’. The club want to cement their adoration with a move, although one won’t take place until the summer.
That isn’t to say a January deal is out of the question. Situations can always change. However, for Arsenal the financial concerns are front and centre having just taken out a £120m loan to help pay staff and boost cash-flow in the short-term. It can’t be used on transfers.
Furthermore, Brighton are battling relegation and will be unwilling to sell unless for a substantial fee, not to mention more players need to depart north London prior to Arsenal signing another central midfielder.
Arteta’s side find themselves in a strong position when they make a legitimate move, as Bissouma ‘loves the Premier League’ and has Arsenal as his first choice destination if any interested party were to come in for his signature. Something, something different knock, right?
Despite the fondness for Bissouma, there are some reservations among the Arsenal hierarchy about an element of his game.