Former Premier League full-back Glen Johnson is surprised that neither of Arsenal or Chelsea made their respective moves for Yves Bissouma and Declan Rice as both opted for alternative options.
The Gunners signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga coupled with their west London rivals loan purchase of Spanish international Saul Niguez has meant that the duo were not needed this summer.
Both clubs have had a long-term interest in Bissouma and Rice respectively, but Brighton’s and West Ham’s reluctance stances to let go of their prized assets at reasonable prices forced the London duo to look elsewhere.
It is understood that both clubs will reignite their interest in the upcoming January transfer window ahead of potential transfer swoops as Arsenal and Chelsea look to improve their current sides.
Despite this update, ex-full-back Johnson is surprised that neither of these potential deals went through before the August 31 deadline passed by.
He told bettingodds.com: “Everything’s about timing and I don’t know how long certain players’ current contracts are. Obviously, Declan’s being linked to Chelsea and other clubs for a long, long time.
“But the one that surprises me is Yves Bissouma. I don’t think he’d be astronomical money and he looks like a fantastic player. Brighton can’t turn down a bid that maybe the likes of West Ham could. I think clubs could have got him for quite a good business deal, so the biggest surprise was probably him.
“Ultimately, it wouldn’t surprise me if he and Declan Rice go at the end of the season.”
The 37-year-old then revealed who he is most looking forward to seeing out of the players signed this season by Premier League clubs, and it was a Marina Granovskaia signing that made the cut on this specific occasion.
“It would probably be someone like Saúl Ñíguez at Chelsea to be honest,” Johnson said.
“You know what Instagram’s like these days – all the clips are popping around off all the new signings – but he looks a serious player.
“If he can maintain that in the Premier League it’d be impressive. It’s the toughest league in the world without a doubt. It’s always tough for new players to come from other leagues.
“Some of them are going to get it right, and some of them are going to get it wrong. Hopefully, he gets it right and shows us what he’s made of.”
Source by Football London