Liverpool are reportedly plotting a January move for Brighton & Hove Albion and Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma.
According to Turkish journalist, Ekrem Konur on Twitter, Premier League giants Liverpool are keen to make a move for Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma in the January transfer window.
The 25-year-old is a vital cog in Graham Potter’s side and is steadily establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the league. The Seagulls are currently in the seventh spot in the Premier League, and Bissouma has played a key role in that success.
Liverpool appear to have been impressed enough to talk with Brighton for the player. The Reds recently drew 2-2 with Manchester City at home, a game that saw them lack a ball-carrying midfielder in the centre of the park.
Having lost Georginio Wijnaldum to Paris Saint-Germain, Jurgen Klopp’s side failed to bring in a replacement in the summer. While Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott have had their chances, the latter’s injury has reduced one option in the club’s ranks.
Fabinho is the club’s first-choice defensive midfielder but had an off day against Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday. A major reason for Liverpool’s struggles on the night was their inability to keep the ball. Bissouma is adept at keeping possession and will exude calmness in a critical area of the pitch. Bringing in the Malian would add a major part to the club’s title charge for the second half of the season.
Brighton do not appear to be averse to selling their star man. They were said to be seeking €35 million for the 25-year-old; a fee Liverpool would be well within their rights to pay up. It will give them something missing in their squad and a player entering his prime.
Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara and James Milner are all in their thirties and will need to be replaced sooner rather than later. Bringing in Bissouma would be the right step forward in rebuilding their midfield. Speaking earlier in the summer, Bissouma admitted that he is keen to experience Champions League football in the future. Moving to Anfield would certainly see him achieve his dream.
Bissouma’s performances have also caught the eye of other Premier League clubs. Manchester United and Arsenal are both keeping tabs, and it remains to be seen if they will throw their hat into the ring in January.
Liverpool have an ageing squad that needs a rebuild in the coming transfer windows. The signings of Ibrahima Konate and Diogo Jota have injected some much needed young blood into the attack and the defence. The midfield, however, has not seen many changes and bringing in Bissouma would be a good start.