Graham Potter has admitted he “cannot control” Yves Bissouma’s future with Arsenal interested in the Brighton midfielder.
football.londonreported back in January that the Gunners ‘ interest in Bissouma is genuine and that the Mali international would choose the north London outfit over any other club in the Premier League.
Liverpool are also said to be interested in the 24-year-old, who has just under two years remaining on his contract at the Amex Stadium.
His contractual situation means that Brighton will be determined to ensure he signs an extension down on the south coast in the very near future, or they will risk losing him on a free transfer in the summer of 2023.
Arsenal are reportedly interested in a new central midfielder, with numerous names being linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium, but a move for Bissouma between now and the end of the month – when the transfer window closes – seems unlikely at this stage.
However, when quizzed about his midfielder’s future, Brighton boss Potter admitted he cannot have too much of a say about what the next few years hold for the Seagulls star.
“I seem to have been speaking about Yves Bissouma for quite sometime,” said Potter, when asked if his key man will be a Brighton player by the end of the transfer window.
“But he’s still here. I can’t control the future. Yves is with us, he’s happy and smiling, he wants to play and keep on improving his career.
“He’s our player and while he’s here we will do our best to help him.”
Former Arsenal man Kevin Campbell urged his old club to make a move for Bissouma recently and insisted he was the perfect man to compliment Thomas Partey’s abilities in midfield.
Campbell said on Highbury Squad : “Bissouma, for me, he is the ideal partner in there for Thomas Partey.
“He is combative, he is a lot better on the ball than people give him credit for, the kid can play, he is young, he knows the Premier League, he is tough, he tracks back, he puts the tackles in, he is box-to-box, if you need him he can hold. That’s my guy.”
Source by Football London