With Paul Pogba heavily linked with the Old Trafford exit, Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could land the perfect replacement in the January transfer window.
According to veteran journalist Jonathan Shrager, the Red Devils are interested in Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma.
I have just spoken with Bissouma’s representative, Michaël N’Cho, who confirmed to me that there is significant interest in Yves from #MUFC, Liverpool, Monaco, two La Liga teams, and also Arsenal
— Jonathan Shrager (@JonathanShrager) December 19, 2020
Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool are also said to be keen on landing the diminutive 5 ft 9 in midfielder, amid interest from a whole host of clubs from across Europe.
However, Brighton boss Graham Potter has dismissed these claims as sheer baloney. “There have been no approaches,” he said, as quoted by The Daily Mail. “As I’ve said before, just because it’s in the newspaper, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.”
Whatever the case may be, Woodward simply must sanction a swoop for the former Mali international at all costs by any means necessary.
Bissouma has been in such fine form for the Seagulls since the start of the season, having provided one goal in 13 appearances in the Premier League, via Transfermarkt, while he is averaging 1.5 shots, 1.5 dribbles, 3.3 tackles and 1.6 clearances per game, via WhoScored. By comparison, even Pogba has only managed 1.2 tackles and 1.1 clearances on average per game in the Premier League so far, as per WhoScored.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been delighted with the Frenchman’s attitude in training and in matches amid intense speculation over his future at Old Trafford and insists .
If all else fails, if he cannot convince Pogba to stay at the club, a move for the Malian makes perfect sense in the meantime.
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch was effusive in his praise for the 24-year-old after the 2-1 defeat to Spurs in November. He told Match of the Day 2, as quoted by the Brighton & Hove Independent: “There is so much to admire from Brighton today apart from the cutting edge. “So often they had just one player in the box. Bissouma was fantastic throughout. Bissouma drove forward all afternoon but there were no runners, I don’t know where Neal Maupay was?”
Even in the event that Pogba does end up leaving Old Trafford, this sort of forward-thinking midfielder would be most welcome in Manchester and signing a player who is capable of covering and replacing Pogba would be a shrewd bit of business, especially when you consider the fact that he is currently valued at a mere £11m via Transfermarkt, which is a fraction of the price Woodward paid Ajax for Donny van de Beek in the summer.