It is no secret at this point that Arsenal are really interested in Brighton and Hove Albion star Yves Bissouma.
The Gunners were heavily linked with a move for the Mali international in January, but sadly, it didn’t materialise.
Mikel Arteta, Edu and co are expected to revive our interest once the summer transfer window opens, but if a latest report is to be believed, Bissouma’s value has shot up.
The Athletic claim today that Brighton value the midfielder at £40 million. It is revealed that Seagulls owner Stuart Bloom will reject all offers under that valuation. He will reportedly reject an exact £40 million bid as well, as he believes Bissouma is worth more than that.
He wants a fee in excess of £40 million and that will make things difficult for Arsenal. With the Super League collapsing, Arsenal’s summer budget completely depends on our fate in this season’s Europa League.
If we win the competition, we will end up in the Champions League, and that will boost our finances. However, if we completely drop out of Europe, we will be in deep trouble – unless the Kroenkes decide to inject some cash this summer.
Is Bissouma really worth £40 million?
The Mali international was reportedly available for £25 million in January. (But Football Club) After just three months, that value has gone up by a staggering 60 per cent, which is a lot in the current financial climate.
However, Bissouma’s performances for Brighton over the last few months have been absolutely outstanding. As Jamie Carragher recently described, he is a ‘top-quality player’, and multiple clubs will be in for him this summer. (Read here)
Arsenal will have a difficult decision to make. £40 million is a lot of money, especially if we miss out on Europe. However, a top-quality 24-year-old midfielder who knows the Premier League very well is arguably worth that kind of money.
Speaking to Arsenal fans yesterday, Josh Kroenke promised big investment this summer. If he lives up to his words, which is unlikely, we should be able to afford Bissouma quite comfortably, and he would be a stunning signing.