Arsenal are reportedly winning the race to sign highly coveted Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma despite fellow Premier League clubs also hot on the heels for the 24-year-old.
According to the Daily Star, the Gunners are confident of landing the Mali international ahead of the likes of West Ham, Tottenham and Everton, with Mikel Arteta said to be keen on signing the Brighton star to partner alongside Thomas Partey in the Arsenal midfield, a player who the north London boss called ‘fantastic’ after his full debut for the club in the UEFA Europa League against Rapid Vienna via HaytersTV.
Despite starting brightly, Partey has struggled in recent weeks in the Arsenal XI, with usual midfield partner Granit Xhaka being dropped down into the left-back role to facilitate another injury to Kierney Tierney, with Dani Ceballos the most recent player to play alongside the Ghanaian international.
Yet with the Spaniard set to return to Real Madrid this summer as reported by Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal need midfield reinforcements in the transfer window, and Bissouma, who has been linked with a move to the north London side for some time, appears to be the favourite to join the Emirates Stadium club.
Partey arrived from Atletico Madrid on deadline day with insane fanfare, with the midfielder being hailed by fans and pundits as the man who could be the one to lift Arsenal back into the Premier League top-four and back into the UEFA Champions League.
Of course, that is not what happened as the Gunners have endured their worst season in Premier League history, with Arsenal likely to finish no higher than eighth in the standings with four games left to play, and Partey’s form has underwhelmed supporters given the hype that surrounded him upon his arrival.
Yet a midfield partner like Bissouma could be exactly what the former La Liga star needs to unlock his true potential with the Gunners, with Xhaka and Ceballos not the type of box-to-box players that works well alongside a star of Partey’s talents, and if Arsenal can win the race for the in-demand Seagulls man, the midfield next season will be an enjoyable one to watch, to be sure.