Liverpool’s pursuit of Yves Bissouma has been handed a boost with news that Arsenal are considering alternative targets to the Brighton midfielder.
Bissouma has been linked with several of the Premier League’s leading clubs following a series of starring performances for the Seagulls this summer, the Mali international understood to have requested to leave the Amex Stadium.
Liverpool have tracked the 24-year-old extensively as the Reds seek a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, the Netherlands international leaving on a free transfer and expected to sign for Barcelona.
Bissouma is viewed as the ideal replacement for the Dutchman given his tenacity and ability to regain possession, ranking second in the Premier League for tackles and seventh for interceptions in 2020/21.
Arsenal have also been linked with Bissouma – who is reported to be a boyhood fan of the north London side – though the Mail are reporting the Gunners are now considering players of a different profile as Mikel Arteta seeks a partner for Thomas Partey.
That news could pave the way for Bissouma to make the move to Merseyside, though Brighton will demand a fee of £40m for a player whose contract runs until 2023.
Bissouma has also been tentatively been linked with the likes of Man City and Man Utd as both sides look to bolster their midfield options.
Graham Potter’s side are understood to have lined up Reading’s Josh Laurent as a potential replacement for Bissouma, who has made 95 appearances in all competitions for the Seagulls since arriving from Lille.