After securing a loan deal for Barcelona and former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho, it seems as though Aston Villa have swiftly moved on and set their sights on signing another big player this month.
According to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth, Villa are interested in signing Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma.
Brighton signed Bissouma back in the 2018 summer transfer window from French club LOSC Lille in a deal worth a reported fee of around £15m.
Since then, the 25-year-old, who is currently valued at £22.5m according to Transfermarkt, has gone on to make 111 appearances for Graham Potter’s side across all competitions, firmly cementing himself as an important figure for the Seagulls.
With 14 Premier League appearances under his belt so far this season, the Mali international has earned himself an overall performance rating of 7.13/10, making him Brighton’s highest-rated player according to WhoScored.
In addition to his impressive overall league performances this season, the midfielder has also shown how much of a useful defensive figure he is for Brighton by racking up an average of 3.6 tackles per game and 1.9 interceptions per game, both higher than any other player in Potter’s side.
This goes to show why Bissouma has previously been described as an “aggressive” player on the pitch in terms of his defensive output by Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.
With this in mind and the fact that current Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba picked up a serious knee injury last month and will be out of action for a significant period of time, Bissouma could be just what they need to fill the gap left by Nakamba’s absence.
However, with Potter recently saying that he doesn’t expect any of his current players to leave the club this month, it could prove to be quite a challenge for Villa to secure Bissouma’s signature.
Moving forward, with Gerrard apparently looking to sign a midfielder this month, Bissouma would be an ideal candidate that Johan Lange could sign and transform Villa into a more stable team defensively given how they’ve managed to concede 30 goals in 19 Premier League games so far this season.
Although, the likelihood of a deal being made in the coming weeks does feel slim given Brighton’s current stance and Bissouma’s importance to the team.
But if Villa can pull it off, then it could be an even bigger masterclass than their signing of Coutinho.