Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma has broken his silence on constant speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal.
Football London revealed back in January that the Gunners are really interested in the Mali international and even claimed that Bissouma would pick Arsenal over any other club in the Premier League.
The Athletic revealed recently that the Seagulls have slapped a £40 million price-tag on his head, and their owner, Tony Bloom, believes that his star midfielder is worth even more than that.
Bissouma was asked about the speculation this week and the Brighton man was tight-lipped. He claimed that his only focus was on staying in the Premier League, and heaped praise on father-figure Graham Potter.
He told The Argus: “I don’t have much to say about that (transfer speculation) because I’m at Brighton for the moment. I consider myself a Brighton player, so the most important thing right now, as I said, is to stay up.
“Graham is like my father. He’s the one who has done all that work, he’s the one who gave me confidence again. He kind of showed me how he wanted me to be so that I could be a part of his team. I tried to work on that, and now, I’m very happy to be in his team.”
The Insider’ View:
That’s a very typical response from Bissouma, but the interesting thing there is he did not completely dismiss the speculation. That could well mean that there has been some sort of contact behind the scenes, but that again is speculation.
The Mali international would be fantastic for Arsenal. He has proved his class in the Premier League, is solid with and without the ball, and there really isn’t another player on the market who would be a better partner to Thomas Partey.
Arsenal need a new central midfielder this summer and Bissouma checks all the boxes. The £40 million demand slightly complicates things, but the Kroenkes have promised a big investment this summer. Hopefully, that helps us get the Brighton man.