Arsenal eager to sign €20m-rated African midfielder

Brighton have slapped a sensational £40m price for Yves Bissouma, who is courted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United. Mali international has been one of the rising stars for Brighton and Hove Albion, ever since his €17m move from Lille in 2018.

Bissouma instantly became a lynchpin for the Seagulls in the middle of the park, having already made 90 competitive games, 30 of which have come in the ongoing league campaign.

One of the main reasons why Yves has emerged as an attractive prospect for England’s top clubs is the physicality and aggression that goes hand in hand with the PL. The 24-year-old midfielder is also quite versatile and can not only operate as a holding midfielder but also in a more attacking role.

Gunners interest, therefore, is hardly surprising as Arsenal are looking for a new midfielder, who can not only replace Dani Ceballos but also prove to be an upgrade over Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny.

Red Devils, too, are in search of reinforcements in the midfield department as Nemanja Matic nears the final phase of his career, while the Norwegian manager will also be hoping to find an upgrade over Fred and a long-term partner for Scott McTominay in the double-pivot.

The Ivorian should also settle in quickly at both Arsenal and Man United, particularly because of the vast experience he has conjured up in the PL so far, making him a less risky option for any English club this summer.

A fee of £40m, however, might be a challenging proposition for these three “ESL” clubs, given their financial shortcomings and the overall economic crisis inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic, effectively crippling their powers in the market.