BBC pundit Ian Wright believes Manchester United would be a better destination for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma than Liverpool.
The Malian international has been linked with the Reds, Arsenal, Manchester City and United in recent weeks, and Wright thinks the state of Liverpool’s squad means a £40m move to Old Trafford would be the safer bet:
“You look at Bissouma and Bissouma is looking at Liverpool, and we know that Liverpool have had their problems this season. If you’ve got to choose between Liverpool and Man United in the current climate, I’m probably going to go with Man United. What’s going on at Liverpool is there are a lot of players getting into that 30 age bracket – Van Dijk, Henderson, the three guys up-front.”
“You think to yourself, yeah, Liverpool [have been] magnificent, what they have done the last couple of years. But you look at Man United and what Man United are on the cusp of doing and it’s a much more attractive proposition right now. And I’m not being disrespectful for Liverpool. But where’s the funding?”
Ironically, Wright doesn’t even mention his former club Arsenal, who are actually believed to be the favourites to secure Bissouma’s signature at the moment.
Despite being midtable, the Gunners have two things in their favour. The 24-year-old is reportedly an Arsenal fan, while his agent also helped the London club secure the transfer of Nicolas Pepe.
Even so, Liverpool is still an extremely attractive destination. It would be a surprise if Bissouma didn’t seriously consider making a move to Anfield to work under Jurgen Klopp, who has helped turn a number of players into superstars in recent years.