Yves Bissouma’s rise at Brighton
The January transfer window is open but there has been a shortage of big-money moves so far, aside from Manchester United’s Amad Diallo in a £37m move from Atalanta.
With the coronavirus causing havoc with teams’ squads and the fixture schedule, there could be a temptation to secure strength in depth for what could be a frantic close to the season. Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham have dropped more points and now look to be embroiled in a battle for a top four finish, rather than a title race, and with their defence their weakness to date, Real Madrid defender Eder Militao – who is also wanted by AC Milan, inter and Roma – could be of interest. While Stuttgart’s Argentine forward Nicolas Gonzalez is another target, with Premier League side Leeds and La Liga outfit Valencia joining the pursuit of the former Argentinos Juniors star. Interestingly, Valencia are also thought to be keen on taking Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks on loan.
Elsewhere in north London, Arsenal have been priced out of a deal for Norwich’s Emi Buendia and so could move for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, though a summer switch appears more likely in this case, with the Seagulls close to securing Moises Caicedo from Independiente del Valle but expected to loan the 19-year-old to either Manchester United or Chelsea. Those powerhouses are also in a race to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, but Bayern Munich have joined that race.
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MUSTAFI STAYING PUT
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says there are no plans to offload centre-back Shkodran Mustafi after the Gunners have sent William Saliba out on loan and Sokratis Papastathopoulos look set to leave within a few days. Arteta said:
Michael Jones14 January 2021 09:11
LIVERPOOL WANT BRIGHTON’S WHITE
Liverpool are keen on Brighton’s Ben White, according to the Echo.
The report claims the Reds were keen last summer after a successful loan spell at Leeds.
While Brighton are embroiled in a relegation battle, despite injuries to Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, the interest is likely to be firmed up next summer, rather than this month.
Jack Rathborn14 January 2021 09:01