Liverpool have been linked with Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma recently, and the Malian could prove to be the man to replace Georginio Wijnaldum at the Merseyside club.
According to talkSPORT, Jurgen Klopp’s side, as well as Arsenal, are considering a move for the 24-year-old midfielder in January.
The Seagulls ace has been a mainstay in Graham Potter’s side so far this season, having made nine appearances in the top-flight, in which he has contributed one goal and averaged a very sold 6.85 rating (per WhoScored).
Transfermarkt currently values the former Lille man at £11.7 million although considering Brighton paid around £15 million to sign him in 2018, it seems unlikely that the South Coast club would be willing to let him go for less than that, should Liverpool or Arsenal enquire about signing him next month.
Graham Potter was full of praise for Bissouma earlier this year, after his performance in a 0-0 draw against Wolves, saying:
“He has trained really well and physically he is in a good place – against Wolves he won a lot of possession back, he has shown good discipline and quality on the ball.
“He makes good decisions, and he has the ability that top players have, in that he has got the power and athleticism to be able to use the ball well, so then it’s down to the tactical understanding of how we want him to play, and he’s now good at that too.
He also added that:
“He won a lot of balls back and physically he is in a good place at the moment. He will get better and better the more he plays, and he showed a discipline and a quality, so I’m really pleased for him.”
Bissouma has clearly won over his manager with his displays in the Premier League and perhaps the Mali international could be the man to replace Wijnaldum at Liverpool, should he leave the club this summer.
The Dutch international’s current contract is set to expire at the end of this season, with Barcelona touted with an interest in the 30-year-old, so it seems unlikely that he will extend his stay at Anfield.
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