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Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes Yves Bissouma would be the perfect man to partner Thomas Partey in Mikel Arteta’s engine room. The Brighton midfielder has been a shining light for the Seagulls this season and the Mali international looks set to earn himself a big move with his hot form.
Bissouma’s agent Michael N’Cho recently confirmed that a number of top European clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United had registered an interest in his client.
The 24-year-old arrived from Lille in the summer of 2018 for a fee of £15million.
Now Brighton could be set to earn at least double their money through any sale, with Bissouma now believed to be worth closer to £40million.
In the opinion of Campbell, Bissouma would be a superb addition for the Gunners as Arteta bids to strengthen his ranks when the January transfer window opens.
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“I think Arsenal could do with a player like him for sure,” Campbell said on Prime Video, ahead of tonight’s 1-0 win at Brighton.
“Thomas Partey needs a partner in midfield with energy and he would fit the bill perfectly.”
Bissouma was unable to help keep Arsenal at bay tonight as Alexandre Lacazette’s strike earned the Gunners all three points at the Amex Stadium.
Yet Arsenal’s recruitment team are set to continue monitoring his performances closely in the coming months, as they look to raise cash through sales.
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Brighton boss Graham Potter has already confirmed the club are yet to receive any formal offers for the star: “There have been no approaches.
“As I’ve said before, just because it’s in the media, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.
“My focus is on Yves and how I can help him improve and I think he’s still got some improvement to make.
“That’s my focus with him, to try and help him reach his full potential. He’s got some work to do yet, so that’s what we are focusing on.”
Brighton are currently living dangerously, just two points above the drop zone and keeping Bissouma will be imperative to their hopes of Premier League survival.
Potter insists he is simply not interested in speculation but he has vowed to continue improving Bissouma to help him reach the next level.
“I don’t read the papers and I don’t really take something that is reported in a newspaper as a true fact,” Potter said.
“This time of the year all sorts of things are put out there which are sometimes true, sometimes untrue, but it doesn’t help me in any way if I listen to the noise.
“Yves has taken some steps and has improved but also still has some more improving to do, which is exciting and is where the work is, so that is what we will focus on.
“He has had to learn some aspects of the game and improve in certain areas but it is credit to him that he has done that so he can help us in those areas. I think he can still improve, so that’s good.”
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