Yves Bissouma has asked to be allowed to leave his current club Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of the season, according to a report.

Brighton's Ivorian midfielder Yves Bissouma (C) runs with the ball as Burnley's English striker Jay Rodriguez (2nd R) chases after him during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Burnley at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on November 6, 2020. (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Brighton’s Ivorian midfielder Yves Bissouma (C) runs with the ball on November 6, 2020. (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Times report that amid interest from Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City, Yves Bissouma has requested a summer exit from Brighton and Hove Albion. Olympique Marseille are also interested in the midfielder with two years left on his deal.

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Football.London reported in January that Arsenal were interested in the player but were planning to wait until summer to make a bid. Perhaps crucially, they added that Bissouma would love to play for Arsenal “over any other club”.

The same outlet reported that Bissouma is still close friends with Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes and Nicolas Pepe from their time together at Lille.

The Daily Mail have since also claimed that Arsenal have scouted Bissouma as a potential central-midfield signing for this summer. They’ll face competition from Liverpool and a fee of around £40m, but he’s on their list for the upcoming window.

The Athletic also report this fee of £40m, but The Times write that Brighton would be open to selling for £30m. A fairly substantial investment either way, but arguably worth it for a young Premier League midfielder performing at a high level.