Liverpool and Arsenal target Yves Bissouma has requested to leave Brighton & Hove Albion this summer.
The midfielder is also attracting the interest of Manchester City, but Liverpool and Arsenal are said to be the most serious contenders for his signature.
Bissouma has shown some consistent displays in central midfield for the Gaviotas and is being seen as the player who will add the most steel to Arsenal’s midfield.
Liverpool, on the other hand, will have to replace Georginio Wijnaldum this summer, and he has been linked to a raid for Bissouma.
The Malian’s contract with Brighton runs through 2023, and with the interest of several major clubs, it would come as no surprise if the Seagulls demand a steep fee to let him go.
According to the Times, Brighton is looking for a fee of at least £ 30 million and can make a nice profit with the player he signed for around £ 15 million in 2018.
Liverpool and Arsenal in the race to sign Bissouma
Bissouma will appreciate his chances of playing regularly for Liverpool and Arsenal. While Arsenal’s midfielder options have often been flattered to mislead, Liverpool have had injury problems and see Bissouma as the ideal box-to-box option.
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita was supposed to be the box-to-box player they wanted, but he’s had an injury-ravaged season at Anfield.
With Bissouma they may not score many goals, but their drive and tenacity from midfield will be crucial additions for Liverpool’s midfielder who tend to focus more on pushing and protecting defenders off the ball.
Arsenal signed Thomas Partey last summer, but it’s clear they need more drive and tenacity in midfield to push teams above them in the league.
However, the Gunners could find it difficult to compete with Liverpool to sign Bissouma if they fail to get European football in the final weeks of the season.
Liverpool is right on the tail of Leicester City in the Premier League as the race for the Champions League final place heats up. Signing Bissouma will be much easier if they make it to the Champions League for the fifth year in a row.