Leicester aim to gatecrash Arsenal, Liverpool party for Brighton ace

Leicester aim to gatecrash Arsenal, Liverpool party for Brighton ace

Leicester City are reportedly keen to sign Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma in the summer transfer window but face stiff competition from Arsenal.

Bissouma, 24, has enjoyed a solid season for the Seagulls, with 27 Premier League appearances. He played the full 90 minutes as Graham Potter’s men downed fellow strugglers Newcastle United 3-0 on Saturday.

That result saw the Amex Stadium outfit open up a six-point gap to the bottom three. It was Albion’s second consecutive victory and puts them within touching distance of retaining their top-flight status.

But it remains to be seen if that is enough to keep Bissouma on the south coast. Arsenal’s interest in the Mali international is well known.

Gunners chief Mikel Arteta is keen to pair the African with Thomas Partey in midfield. And it was reported back in January that they hoped Gabriel Magalhaes and Nicolas Pepe would help with the deal.

The duo used to play with Bissouma at Lille and are said to be good friends with the talented schemer. But it is not just Arsenal who hold an interest in the Ivory Coast-born star.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is thought to be an admirer. Reports in January suggested the Brighton man could be in line to replace Georginio Wijnaldum in the Reds midfield.

There has been little since to back those claims up. But it seems certain the German coach will look to shake things up at Anfield after a poor defence of their title.

Europe a bonus for Foxes in Bissouma hunt

The one drawback for Arsenal is a potential lack of European football next season. The Champions League is beyond the north Londoners while even the Europa League looks unlikely.

Third-placed Leicester seem destined for the Champions League, with an eight-point advantage over West Ham in fifth. Manager Brendan Rodgers wants to partner Bissouma with Wilfred Ndidi next season, according to The Mirror.

Wilfried Ndidi, Roberto Firmino

It would add further strength to a midfield that is already packed full of talent. After beginning his professional career with Malian club Real Bamako, Bissouma moved to Lille in July 2016.

He made 55 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals and earned a move to Brighton in the summer of 2018. The youngster has thrived in the Premier League and seems destined for big things over the next few years.

Potter is keen to keep him at Albion but the lure of a top-six club may be tough to turn down.


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