Arsenal are in the midst of a midfield shake-up, with Martin Odegaard, Dani Ceballos and Matteo Guendouzi all departing the Emirates Stadium this summer.
The former two both returned to parent club Real Madrid following loan stints at the Emirates Stadium and the latter left for French side Marseille on a loan deal that includes an obligation to buy in 12 months.
The Gunners have since added Belgian maestro Albert Sambi Lokonga to their ranks but they may still be quite light in the middle of the park, especially when you consider Hale End graduate Joe Willock could also be on his way out of the club this month.
Chief executive Edu has been thought to have held an interest in Wolves’ Ruben Neves as well as Brighton ace Yves Bissouma, who football.london revealed back in January was highly admired by the north London club.
And a close friend of the Mali international told football.london that he ‘loves the Premier League’ and would choose to join Arsenal over any other Premier League club if they came made a move for him.
However, former Brighton star Brian Horton has urged Bissouma to snub advances from the Gunners and stay at the AmEx Stadium for at least another year.
“I think it will do him [Bissouma] good to stay at Brighton and help him progress for another season. If he is good enough, will the big boys come knocking again?” he told our sister title Sussex Live.
“Eventually people have to sell. It is like Jadon Sancho going for £73million to Manchester United. Did Borussia Dortmund want to sell him? They made a massive profit, can you stand in his way and refuse that kind of money?
“You have to weigh everything up with transfers. Can you hold onto a player that is not happy, like the Harry Kane situation now? He wants to go.
“It’s a very difficult process. Agents have a bigger say more than ever. I think Bissouma would benefit with having another season with Brighton in the Premier League.”
Considering Swiss deep-lying playmaker Granit Xhaka looks set to stay at Arsenal a move for Bissouma, who The Athletic claim would command a £40million transfer fee, looks unlikely this summer unless the Gunners can offload several fringe players before the end of the month.
Source by Football London