Liverpool handed boost in their pursuit of 24-year-old Premier League midfielder

By | January 20, 2022

Brighton boss Graham Potter says he is ‘confident’ midfielder Yves Bissouma will stay this transfer window, in spite of intense speculation linking him with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Aston Villa.

The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the most in-demand midfielders in the Premier League over the last three-and-a-half campaigns following a £15 million move from Lille to Brighton back four years ago.

But the Mali international has entered into the final 18 months of his deal at the Amex and there is mounting uncertainty regarding his future given talks over a potential extension at the club have failed to get off the ground.

Recent reports claimed the Seagulls had slapped a £50 million price tag on the Reds target but the management are reluctant to part with such an important player midway through the season.

‘Players at this level know that at this time of year there is speculation and things in newspapers,’ Graham told reporters.

‘It’s part of what they have to deal with and they know they have to focus on their football and let all the other stuff take care of itself.

‘There are lots of ifs and buts. I’m confident. I think Yves is enjoying his football here but with the transfer window you never know.’