Georginio Wijnaldum’s expected departure from Anfield will leave a hole in Liverpool’s midfield this summer, but Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma is one potential replacement who won’t come cheaply.
Wijnaldum, 30, is out of contract at the end of June, and it was reported as far back as September that he’s agreed to join Dutch countryman Ronald Koeman at Barcelona.
Brighton’s Bissouma, 24, has attracted attention from the Premier League’s elite following his displays under Graham Potter this season, helping the Seagulls salvage top-flight survival for at least one more year.
However, The Sun reported admirers like Liverpool and Arsenal will have to shell out £40million to sign the player if they want to take him from the East Sussex club.
Rumours linking Wijnaldum with the Anfield exit intensified after the Netherlands international failed to react to Alisson’s 95th-minute winner during their 2-1 victory at West Brom on Sunday.
Manchester City are also said to be interested in a move for Bissouma—who joined Brighton from Lille in 2018—as they seek a more budget-friendly option this summer.
The Mali international has made 67 tackles that resulted in his side winning possession so far this season—only Tottenham's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (77) has recorded more.
The proposed £40million figure looks all the bigger given Liverpool won’t receive a fee for Wijnaldum, who looks destined to leave for free when his deal expires.
Premier League champions City may present steep competition for Bissouma, but Jurgen Klopp could sell the notion that he would have a clearer route to the starting XI at Anfield than he might at the Etihad Stadium.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal could also throw a spanner in the works with their interest, but the Gunners look set to miss out on Champions League qualification, which is still within reach for the Reds.
Liverpool are fifth in the Premier League, one point behind Chelsea in fourth and three points off Leicester in third. The Blues and the Foxes meet on Tuesday, presenting Klopp’s side with a chance to climb depending on the outcome at Stamford Bridge.
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