Manchester City’s hopes of signing Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma this summer have been handed a boost, with the Mali international reportedly excited about a move to Pep Guardiola’s side.
According to the often reliable outlet Blue Moon, Manchester City and Arsenal are keen on a move for the 24-year-old ahead of next season, and he is excited about the possibility of a move to the Etihad.
It is also suggested that a potential transfer could happen very quickly, with Graham Potter’s side having already signed a replacement for Bissouma in the form of RB Leipzig midfielder Enock Mwepu.
Last season was arguably his best in a Brighton shirt, as he averaged an impressive 6.98 rating from WhoScored for his performances, which is comfortably the best he has managed in the Premier League in his career thus far.
He also averaged 2.9 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game in the top-flight, which is more than the 1.8 tackles and 1.1 interceptions averaged by Fernandinho last season, which suggests that he could be an excellent long-term replacement for the Brazilian once he retires.
The £22.5m-rated midfielder, who was dubbed “exceptional” by Gary Lineker last season, has clearly established himself as one of the top defensive midfielders outside the top six, and therefore it seems only a matter of time before he leaves Brighton, especially now they have brought in a replacement.
If the reports are true and he does favour a move to the Etihad this summer, then this is undoubtedly a huge boost to City’s hopes of signing him, and sporting director Txiki Begiristain should definitely look to sign him for Guardiola’s side, as the Spaniard will need a solid midfielder to step up when Fernandinho eventually leaves the Etihad.