Tottenham Hotspur are said to be one of several teams keen on signing Yves Bissouma in the upcoming transfer window.
According to the Daily Star, Spurs are battling their North London rivals, Arsenal, as well as Everton and West Ham for the 24-year-old’s signature and now the door has seemingly opened for teams to make their move.
It is thought that the Mali midfielder has requested to leave Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of the season after three seasons at the club, as per Duncan Castles writing in The Times on Sunday.
After costing the south coast outfit around €18m (£15.5m) in the summer of 2018, the Seagulls are expecting their £30m valuation to be met, with Bissouma emerging as one of the Premier League’s most dynamic midfielders.
Spurs’ interest is very intriguing.
Not only are they without a manager currently, but they do have an array of options in his role.
However, only summer signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has featured in every single league game for the Lilywhites this season, with the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, and Giovani Lo Celso all rotating.
With seemingly no player prepared to cement down their place, Bissouma could be an interesting candidate to partner the Danish powerhouse. It could even drawn several similarities to perhaps the best Spurs engine room we’ve seen in decades – that being Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele.
Bissouma shares many characteristics to the former fan-favourite, so Levy could well find Tottenham’s next Dembele with a £30m swoop for the Brighton beast.
The 6-foot midfielder is an ideal combination of brute physicality, averaging 2.8 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game, and ability on the ball, managing an average of 1.5 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
For context, only one other player in the Premier League has managed more successful tackles than Bissouma (93) and that’s Leeds’ Luke Ayling (99). Hojbjerg (90) isn’t too far behind either.
His playing style has been moulded by the influence of Yaya Toure whilst growing up, and again, that isn’t too far off a Dembele-like presence.
The Belgian star put up 3.6 tackles, 1.9 interceptions and 2.9 dribbles per league game in his finest season in a Spurs shirt (2015/16).
Bissouma has previously been described as a “wonderful talent” by ex-Seagulls boss Chris Hughton and an “exceptional footballer” by former Spurs striker Gary Lineker, so it is no wonder he has coveted interest ahead of the summer.
But Levy must make sure Spurs are winning the race to secure the £15m-rated powerhouse.
Just like he did when raiding Fulham for Dembele, he could find a solid box-to-box monster for the next few years, at the very least.