Premier League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are set to battle for Brighton midfield enforcer Yves Bissouma when the transfer window reopens in January
The Seagulls midfielder has been a revelation since he arrived at the AMEX from Lille in 2018.
Brighton managed to hold on to their prized midfielder during the summer transfer window – but they could struggle to match that feat in January.
According to Metro reporter Aden-Jay Wood, Bissouma is expected to be at the centre of a three-way battle between United, Liverpool and Arsenal in January.
Bissouma is happy on the South Coast and still has two years remaining on his current Brighton deal.
It remains to be seen if a big-money bid would change his stance or that of Brighton, who are, understandably, keen for Bissouma to remain at the club.
Remarkably, there were no official bids lodged for the midfield ace despite his host of admirers.
His reported price tag of £40m may have dissuaded any potential suitors from chancing a move, but it’s a situation which is expected to develop in January.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has invested heavily in a squad which has made a shambolic start to the new Premier League campaign.
The Spaniard has already raided Brighton once to snap up Ben White in a £50m deal to shore up the spine of his team.
But after starting the season with three defeats, there are no guarantees that Arteta will be around in January to act on his interest.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was thought to have quietly been in the market for a midfielder this summer, especially in the wake of Jordan Henderson’s contract dispute with the club.
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With that issue now quashed, and Henderson tied down to fresh terms, that could impact their interest in Bissouma going forward.
That could open the door for United, who appear to be in desperate need of a midfielder to balance out their midfield.
But it remains to be seen if their large summer outlay on deals for Jadon Sancho, Rafael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo will impact their ability to properly pursue Bissouma.
United’s midfield came in for criticism following their narrow 1-0 over Wolves at the weekend.
But Solskjaer defended his side after tweaking Paul Pogba’s position after the break.
“Have you not seen the game where Paul was playing?” Solskjaer said after the game after being questioned on his decision to move Pogba to accommodate a first start for Sancho.
“Go back and see the game and you see where Paul was playing. I think we struggled first-half to get rhythm with the hustle and bustle of the game. Second-half, we settled well and Paul took control of the game and did really, really well.
“He can play those passes, first-half and second-half he does the same, he can do both.”