Arsenal are said to be increasingly ‘confident’ to land Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma this summer, the player is expected to be available for around £ 30million.
The Mali international arrived at Amex from Lille in Ligue 1 in 2018 and has gone on to become one of the Premier League’s most consistent midfielders, playing a leading role again this season as the Graham Potter team heartbeat.
The 24-year-old was at his typically brilliant best on Saturday afternoon as the Seagulls virtually secured their place in the top flight next season, goals from Pascal Gross and a sublime strike from Danny Welbeck proving the difference against a off the Leeds United side.
While securing their survival may have reduced the need to sell their star assets, it looks like the club have resigned themselves to losing Bissouma this summer, amid interest from a number of senior leaders in the division.
According to Daily Star, The Gunners are said to be in ‘pole position’ to sign the player and are said to be increasingly ‘confident’ they can close the deal, despite rival interest from West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.
Mikel Arteta sees box-to-box midfielder as the perfect foil for addition to last summer’s midfielder Thomas Partey, with Bissouma a relatively affordable option at just £ 30million, according to the report.
Arsenal’s midfielder options currently appear slim on the pitch, while recent rumors suggest Real Madrid lender Dani Ceballos will not be signed permanently at the end of the campaign.
With Bissouma still two years on his current contract, it looks like the South Coast club are ready to allow him to leave at the end of the season, after three impressive seasons with the Seagulls.
The club could already have a ready-made replacement in the form of Moises Caicedo, the young Ecuadorian midfielder who signed for the club in January, amid the interest reported by Manchester United.
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