Arsenal are reportedly ‘confident’ of signing Yves Bissouma this summer, according to The Daily Star.
The English publication reports that Arsenal are in pole position to sign the Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder in what would be a £30 million deal.
And if true, what a bargain it might just be for the Gunners.
This is a player who has reportedly interested Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already and if Arsenal pick him up for that fee, it’s a very good piece of business.
The North Londoners spent £15 million more on Thomas Partey last October, with the Ghana international also three years older.
Partey hasn’t been a flop but he hasn’t been the rip-roaring success that the Emirates Stadium faithful would’ve hoped he would become either.
It isn’t easy adapting to the Premier League, but the good thing about Bissouma is that this is the division that he’s proven himself in.
It’s always a gamble when you spend big money in football – particularly when Arsenal spend big money – but this isn’t a huge risk when you consider the fact that Bissouma has thrived in England’s top flight for the past three years.
He’s only getting better and better and considering he’s still only 24, he could go on to be a real linchpin in Arsenal’s midfield for the next four or five years.
It’s also a brilliant investment on the financial side because there’s a lot of re-sale value here.
Two or three brilliant years in North London and he’ll still be young enough to command a very big fee.
Edu has a pretty hit-and-miss record with transfers at Arsenal but if this gets over the line, it’ll be remembered as one of his better ones.