Premier League 24yo makes Arsenal his top transfer priority

Brighton's Ivorian midfielder Yves Bissouma (C) comes under pressure from Liverpool's Japanese midfielder Takumi Minamino (L) and Liverpool's Portuguese striker Diogo Jota during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Liverpool at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on November 28, 2020. (Photo by MIKE HEWITT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Brighton's Ivorian midfielder Yves Bissouma (C) comes under pressure from Liverpool's Japanese midfielder Takumi Minamino (L) and Liverpool's Portuguese striker Diogo Jota during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Liverpool at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on November 28, 2020. (Photo by MIKE HEWITT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal are top of Yves Bissouma’s list of preferred destinations this summer, and his camp are in regular contact with the Gunners, according to a report.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Leeds United Premier League 01/05/2021. Leeds United defender Luke Ayling 2 is tackled by Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma 8 during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Leeds United at the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton and Hove, England on 1 May 2021. Copyright: Simon Davies
Brighton and Hove Albion v Leeds United Premier League 01/05/2021. Leeds United defender Luke Ayling is tackled by Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma on 1 May 2021. Copyright: Simon Davies

TheAFCBell report that there are at least five clubs from around Europe showing varying degrees of interest in Yves Bissouma this summer, including Arsenal and one other English club.

For his part, Bissouma is mad about Arsenal and is ready to agree to join if the Gunners find a deal with Brighton. He sees Arsenal as the top of his list of transfer priorities, and his camp are in continuous contact with the club.

At this stage, a potential deal is still in the early stages. There’s no agreement on personal terms, no official bid, and Bissouma could still look elsewhere if Arsenal don’t make one. But right now, he’s keen to join if he gets the chance.

The 24-year-old made 39 appearances for Brighton this season, despite the fact they were only involved in domestic competitions. He missed just two Premier League matches, both through suspension (one red card, one yellow-card accumulation).

Liverpool are reportedly out of the race for the midfielder, but Arsenal appear to be focusing their attention on Emi Buendia for now, with creative midfield an understandable priority. Perhaps the Bissouma deal is one that will pick up pace as the summer goes on.