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Duncan Castles has said on the Transfer Window podcast that both Liverpool and Manchester City are in contact with Yves Bissouma now.

Liverpool and City have been rivals on the pitch in recent years – although the Reds have dropped off this season – and it seems that they are set to battle it out off the field this summer.

Both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are believed to want to sign Bissouma from Brighton & Hove Albion and are already making inroads into a potential deal.

And Castles says that if either of the two sides make a £30 million offer for the midfielder that could force Brighton’s hand.

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“My information is that both Liverpool and Arsenal have been in direct contact to explore the possibility of a transfer,” he said.

“Manchester City have contacted the player’s representatives and outside of England, Marseille also hold a strong interest.

“Brighton are pragmatic about these things. They have a valuation on a player and they know that if a player has reached a level where Champions League clubs are serious about buying him, it’s difficult to hold on to that kind of player.

“My understanding is that if one of those clubs get to £30 million that should be enough for Brighton to say yes.”

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City, of course, will have Champions League football on offer and the lure of joining the Premier League champions is surely a strong one.

But Bissouma’s place in Guardiola’s team would be far from certain, with Fernandinho and Rodri already at the club.

Bissouma may play more if he was to join Liverpool, as Klopp’s side are clearly going to need a new central midfielder in the summer.

It is widely expected that Georginio Wijnaldum will depart, which would immediately give Bissouma a place to take in Liverpool’s line-up.

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