Recent reports from The Mirror suggest that Arsenal are keen on signing Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma in the upcoming transfer window as Mikel Arteta looks set to add to his options at the centre of the park.
The report further states that Bissouma is valued at around £40 million as he has two years remaining on his current contract.
In a recent interview with The Athletic, chief executive Paul Barber revealed that Brighton are ready to sell their star player if a suitable offer is put on the table.
“The more big clubs there are interested in our players, the more we’re doing right, so I’m delighted with that.”
“We know some of our best players are not going to be with us forever. If the right offer comes along – and it has to be the right offer – and they want to go, then they will leave.”
“I foresee the vast majority [of the squad] to be here at the beginning of next season.”
What Will Bissouma Bring To The Emirates?
Yves Bissouma impressed once again this season as he delivered dominant performances at the centre of the park on a regular basis.
The 24-year-old managed to put up some impressive numbers on the board this term – averaging 2.9 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 1.8 clearances, and 0.2 blocks per 90 minutes in the Premier League (calculated over 36 appearances). Moreover, with 2.1 long balls played per game with an overall pass accuracy of 87.4%, he has turned out to be one of the standout performers of his side this term.
These numbers not only underline his capabilities of holding on to the ball or winning the ball back when needed but also how he can pick up the right man on the other side of the pitch to start counter-attacks effortlessly.
The Right Choice For Arteta?
Mikel Arteta certainly needs to strengthen his defence before he can start investing in his side’s attack – and Bissouma fits the bill. He has established himself as one of the league’s best defensive midfielders with consistent performances over the past few seasons. He is capable of sensing the dangers quickly, and with attributes like strength and agility, he can earn the possession back for his side in his own half of the pitch.
At 24, the Mali international still has a lot to offer, so it won’t be a complete surprise if Arsenal break the bank to secure his signature.
(Stats from WhoScored).