Arsenal are keeping tabs on Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma, who is open to a January move to Emirates.
According to Football.London, Yves Bissouma is among the players that have been targeted by Arsenal in this ongoing January transfer window. The Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder has raised a lot of eyebrows with his performances in the Premier League this season and a move to Emirates could be on the horizon, especially with Dani Ceballos unlikely to remain at the club.
Bissouma himself is thought to be open to a January move to north London, as he is reportedly an Arsenal fan. In addition, the player shares a good relationship with Gabriel Magalhaes, as the duo used to play together during their time at LOSC Lille.
Although Bissouma may not be able to retain his number eight shirt upon a potential move to Arsenal this month, he could reclaim that jersey in the summer, following the end of Ceballos’ loan spell. In fact, the Real Madrid midfielder has also been linked with an early exit from Emirates, with Juventus and AC Milan reportedly interested in his services.
Arsenal’s interest in Bissouma is hardly surprising as they do require another quality midfielder despite the summer arrival of Thomas Partey. Indeed, their current crop of alternatives includes Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Ceballos, none of who have managed to perform at a high level, for a consistent period this season while Partey himself has struggled with injuries.
The Brighton & Hove Albion star, in that regard, could add some much-needed strength in depth in the Arsenal squad. Especially in the number six slot, the Mali international could build a formidable partnership alongside Partey. Both these midfielders are known for their aggressive style of play and an ability to read the game.
It could ultimately offer more protection for the backline while providing more freedom for the number ten. At the age of 24, Bissouma could also become a smart long-term investment.
However, the Gunners could face stiff competition in the pursuit of the Brighton & Hove Albion star. Real Madrid, for one, have been linked with a move for the midfielder in the past. The player is also likely to cost a fortune considering his performances in the Premier League, so Bissouma, in all respect, appears as an unrealistic target for Mikel Arteta at the moment.