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'It has to be': Brighton chief responds to Arsenal's reported interest in Yves Bissouma

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Brighton and Hove Albion chief Paul Barber has had his say on rumours linking Yves Bissouma to Arsenal and other top Premier League clubs.

The Mali international was one of the standout performers in the English top-flight last season. He was absolutely incredible, and there is little doubt about the fact that he will be joining a bigger club this summer.

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Arsenal fans would love him at the Emirates in the coming weeks. Many feel that he is the perfect player to start alongside Thomas Partey in our midfield, and Barber has admitted today that if the right offer comes Brighton’s way, they will let Bissouma leave.

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He said, as per The Express: “I don’t see it (interest in Bissouma) as a negative at all. The more the big clubs that are interested in our players, the more we’re doing right, so I am delighted with that.

“We know some of our best players aren’t going to be with us forever and, if the right offer comes along – and it has to be the right offer – and they want to leave, then they can go. If we’ve got players leaving, then we’ve got back-up internally, and we can go out into the transfer market.

“We’re always looking ahead, we’re always trying to scout the best young players and bring them into our squad, or loan them out. It’s a really important part of what we do.”

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How much will Bissouma cost Arsenal?

The Athletic revealed not too long ago that Brighton owner Tony Bloom is expecting an offer in excess of £40 million to let go of his star midfielder.

After the season that Bissouma has had, it’s hard to argue against that price tag, but it will be interesting to see if Arsenal can fork out that kind of money on a deep-lying midfielder in the coming weeks.

The Gunners will miss out on the money from one of the European league for the first time in over 25 years. We’ve always been reliant on that, but with that gone now, the Kroenkes will have to open their wallets if we are to have any chance of signing a player like Bissouma this summer.

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