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Aston Villa plotting move for Yves Bissouma

Aston Villa are reportedly keen on adding further midfield reinforcements this summer in the form of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Yves Bissouma, despite having only recently confirmed the signing of Boubacar Kamara.

What’s the word?

As per 90min, Villa are set to follow the arrival of the young Frenchman with a move for the Seagulls star, with manager Steven Gerrard said to be ‘hopeful’ of bolstering his midfield ranks even further.

The report suggests that a bid of around £30m could be enough to prise the Mali international from the Amex, with the Midlands outfit seemingly to set follow up their January interest in the 25-year-old – who has just a year remaining on his existing deal.

The report also goes on to add that while both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on the former Lille man, it is NSWE who are ‘leading the chase’ for his signature.

Huge Coup

Edging those two north London rivals to the signing of the £31.5m-rated gem would represent a major coup for Gerrard and co, with the club having already showcased their pulling power in 2022 with the signings of Kamara, Philippe Coutinho and January arrival, Lucas Digne.

With further additions expected – amid links to Sevilla’s Diego Carlos – it would seem that the ambitious club are plotting an assault on the top half of the table next term, with seemingly the ultimate aim to return to Europe.

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The arrival of Bissouma would no doubt help in realising that goal, with the £29k-per-week colossus having dubbed “Champions League level” by manager Graham Potter, such is the “array of his quality”.

The Ivory Coast-born playmaker has starred for his current side since making the £17m move from Ligue 1 in 2018, notably earning praise from pundit Gary Lineker who labelled him an “exceptional footballer”.

A smooth operator in the centre of the park with a knack for the spectacular, the 6-foot powerhouse compares favourably to his peers across Europe’s top five leagues in a number of metrics, ranking in the top 10% for clearances and the top 13% for tackles made, as well as in the top 11% for dribbles completed.

Also ranking in the top 9% for pass completion, there is seemingly little that the all-action gem can’t do, impressing both in and out of possession during his time in England.

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Gerrard had previously noted his slight frustration at not getting the backing at his former club Rangers to properly kick on, although on recent evidence he is set to receive bountiful support from his new club and its owners, with the potential arrival of Bissouma set to represent another major statement of intent.

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