Liverpool are interested in signing Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma this summer after the midfielder’s impressive displays this season.
What’s the talk?
With Gini Wijnaldum heavily linked with an imminent move to Spanish giants Barcelona after his contract expires over the coming months, Jurgen Klopp is on the lookout for a replacement who can slot into his engine room.
According to The Express, the Anfield outfield have identified Bissouma as their ideal alternative to the departing Dutch international, although they’re expected to face a lot of competition for his signature from their Premier League rivals.
Fans will be buzzing
Although the loss of Wijnaldum will be felt by Liverpool, given how important the 30-year-old became to Klopp’s side in recent years, the links to Bissouma will surely have the club’s supporters buzzing with excitement.
The Mali international struggling to adapt to the pace of the English game during his first campaign on English soil, but the following two seasons have represented quite the turnaround for the former Lille man.
Under Graham Potter’s tutelage, Bissouma has gone from strength to strength, and he’s really asserted himself upon the Seagulls throughout 2020/21.
The tough-tackling midfielder has recorded 1.8 interceptions per game, the highest total in the first-team squad, 2.8 tackles per game, the second-highest total, and has also achieved a pass accuracy of 87.1%, the third-highest total, showcasing his ability both with and without the ball.
In an update in this ongoing transfer saga, The Athletic recently reported that Brighton are set to demand £40m for their prized assets services over the upcoming transfer window, although Pete O’Rourke and Dean Jones of the Touchline Talk podcast cast doubt over whether Liverpool would be willing to pay such a figure.
With football clubs still feeling the effects of the pandemic on their finances, transfer fees and all-round activity in the market may be down this year as a consequence, but Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards may regret missing out on Bissouma if they don’t grasp this opportunity to sign him, especially if the 24-year-old goes to a direct rival instead.