The Athletic’s Brighton correspondent Andy Naylor has confirmed that Premier League rival Aston Villa are interested in midfielder Yves Bissouma.
After Sky Sports initially reported that the West Midlands club are interested in Bissouma, The Athletic have confirmed that this is true, with Andy Naylor stating that the south-coast club is “in a delicate position.”
Naylor also added: “They [Brighton] have the advantage of not needing to sell. There’s no desire to lose the influential defensive midfielder midway through a campaign rich in promise under head coach Graham Potter.
“The crunch point will come if any of Bissouma’s multiple admirers table what Brighton deem to be a suitable bid, which would be one of around £50 million.
“An offer of that magnitude would demand serious consideration from owner-chairman Tony Bloom, primarily because Bissouma only has 18 months left on his contract.”
The Villans are yet to table a bid for the midfielder, however, with the Malian entering the final year-and-a-half of his contract, a deal could be struck this month.
This would be a wise move from Villa, who have already made the audacious capture of Philippe Coutinho on loan in January.
With the long-term injury to midfielder Marvelous Nakamba, the addition of a central midfielder this window, in particular Bissouma, would surely leave supporters delighted.
However, with Bissouma being a more defensive-minded midfielder, the 25-year-old could prove to be the ideal replacement, especially when you consider his supremely eye-catching tally of 3.6 tackles per game in the top-flight this term.
20-year-old Jacob Ramsey has been deployed in the middle of the park on occasion and has impressed, scoring against Norwich, but the midfielder is still very young and will require good management from Gerrard.
Moreover, it would be a risk to rely on the Englishman to start the majority of Villa’s remaining games with the Villans targeting a top-half finish whilst Europe isn’t completely off of the cards yet.
Thus, the potential arrival of the Seagulls enforcer would very much fit the bill this winter.