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According to Football.London, Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma is talking regularly with two Arsenal players.

It’s claimed that Bissouma speaks with Gunners duo Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Magalhaes on a regular basis having played together at Lille.

Arsenal want to sign Bissouma this summer, and their cause may be aided by two of his close friends already being at the Emirates.

The report adds that Bissouma is a boyhood Arsenal fan, and he is represented by Michael N’Cho – the agent who helped broker Pepe’s move to Arsenal in 2019.

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The Times claim that Bissouma has asked to leave Brighton this summer, and Liverpool look like emerging as favourites with Jurgen Klopp conducting personal research into the midfielder.

It would be hard for Arsenal to compete with Liverpool. The Gunners won’t have any European football next season, and that will surely hamper their budget.

Add in that that the Daily Star claim Manchester City are confident of signing Bissouma, and this pursuit now looks pretty daunting for Arsenal.

Bissouma does though have emotional ties to Arsenal in his support of the club and his friendships in North London, and they will have to hope that they come to the fore when the Malian makes a decision on his future.

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The 24-year-old has excelled this season, emerging as one of the Premier League’s top young midfielders with his ball-carrying and use of the ball drawing huge praise.

Jamie Carragher has branded Bissouma ‘top quality’ recently, and it’s easy to imagine him forming a great midfield partnership with Thomas Partey.

Arsenal have hope, but hope only gets you so far. They need to find the money to get this deal done, or else a Premier League rival will do it before them.

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