Brighton & Hove Albion have slapped a sensational £40 million price for Yves Bissouma, who is courted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

A recent exclusive report from The Athletic has offered us some insight over the future of Yves Bissouma. It appears Brighton & Hove Albion are determined to receive around £40 million for the services of their prized midfielder, who is being closely monitored by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Bissouma has been one of the rising stars for Brighton and Hove Albion, ever since his €16.9 million move from LOSC Lille in 2018. He instantly became a lynchpin for the Seagulls in the middle of the park, having already made 90 competitive appearances, 30 of which have come in the ongoing league campaign.

One of the main reasons why Bissouma has emerged as an attractive prospect for England’s top clubs is the physicality and aggression that goes hand in hand with the Premier League. The 24-year-old is also quite versatile and can not only operate as a holding midfielder but also in a more attacking role.

Arsenal’s interest, therefore, is hardly surprising as the Gunners are looking for a new midfielder, who can not only replace Dani Ceballos but also prove to be an upgrade over Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny.

Arteta's Arsenal will be needing midfield reinforcements in the summer (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Arteta’s Arsenal will be needing midfield reinforcements in the summer (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Manchester United, too, are in search of reinforcements in the midfield department as Nemanja Matic nears the final phase of his career, while Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer will also be hoping to find an upgrade over Fred and a long-term partner for Scott McTominay in the double-pivot.

As for Liverpool, their interest in Bissouma likely stems from the uncertainty regarding Georginio Wijnaldum, as the Dutchman is keen on leaving Anfield at the end of the campaign – paving the way for the Brighton midfielder to potentially become a crucial component in the club’s midfield department next season.

The Ivorian should also settle in quickly at both Arsenal and Manchester United, particularly because of the vast experience he has conjured up in the Premier League so far – making him a less risky option for any English club this summer.

A fee of £40 million, however, might be a challenging proposition for these three “ESL” clubs, given their financial shortcomings and the overall economic crisis inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic – effectively crippling their powers in the market.

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