Manchester United and Liverpool target Yves Bissouma has boldly claimed that he is the Premier League’s best central midfielder.
The 25-year-old has been at Brighton since July 2018, making 100 appearances in all competitions for the Seagulls. He cost them a reported £15million, although he has proven to be one of their best signings in recent seasons.
Last term, Bissouma put in some powerful midfield displays as Graham Potter’s side finished 16th in the table.
He has continued that form in 2021-22, registering an assist in August’s 2-0 victory over Watford.
Bissouma certainly has the potential to represent a top club, so it is no surprise that Manchester United and Liverpool are interested.
There were rumours of a bid in the summer which ultimately failed to materialise.
The Express claim that Brighton want around £50million for his services. However, that could be reduced next summer once the Mali international enters the final 12 months of his contract.
He could be a great addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad in particular. The Norwegian’s first-choice midfielder, Scott McTominay, is currently unavailable after undergoing groin surgery.
Bissouma doesn’t appear to be lacking in confidence. When asked who the best central midfielder in the league is, he said: “I don’t want to be arrogant but that is my mind. For me, it is me.
“Because in my head, I am working to be the best. I know in the Premier League there are many good midfielders.
“But for me, it is me. That gives me confidence and the energy to show people that yeah, I am here. I am Bissouma.
“I just want to focus on my football and play every game, every week, to be good, to help my team to win. So yeah, the rest you will see in the future.”
Potter is regularly asked about the player’s future in press conferences. Last month, he told reporters: “We’re used to it. But it’s good, if you’re getting that talk then he’s doing something well, we’re doing something well.
“He’s enjoying his football, he showed his qualities at the weekend – I thought he was fantastic. You can’t control what people say from the outside, it’s talk, but he’s happy with us and we will keep working with him.”
Man Utd chief reacts to Ronaldo signing
Man Utd chief Ed Woodward has reacted to the return of Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford for the first time.
The Portugal attacker, 36, re-joined United for around £12.85m from Juventus. He has since managed three goals in two games.
On the club’s summer spending, Woodward said: “We were delighted to welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo to the club, along with Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton, to further reinforce the progress that our first team has been making under Ole.
“Everyone associated with Manchester United can be proud of the resilience we have shown through the challenges created by the pandemic and we look forward to the rest of the season and beyond with great optimism.”