Brighton manager Graham Potter has not ruled out midfielder Yves Bissouma leaving the Amex this summer, prompting further speculation about the player’s future.
The Malian international has been heavily linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City in recent weeks, and when asked whether he could guarantee the 24-year-old would be staying with the Seagulls next season, Potter replied:
“Not really. He [has a] contract with us. As far as I know, he’s going to report to pre-season like everyone else. But it’s football. Like anything, in the summer we have to make some good decisions and improve the football club.”
It is believed that Bissouma has a £40m price tag, and that may prove to be a significant stumbling block in the Reds’ attempts to secure his signature.
With Georginio Wijnaldum having confirmed that he will be leaving Anfield at the end of his contract in June, manager Jurgen Klopp will be keen on a replacement, but there are a number of alternatives if Bissouma proves to be too expensive.
The likes of AZ Alkmaar’s Teun Koopmeiners, Udinese’s Rodrigo Paul, Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch, Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga have all been mentioned as potential targets.