No approaches from Real or United for Bissouma, says Graham Potter

Graham Potter insists Brighton have NOT been approached by Liverpool, Manchester United or Real Madrid for midfielder Yves Bissouma, who has over two years left on his deal

  • No approaches have been made for Yves Bissouma, says Brighton boss Potter
  • Recent reports claim Real Madrid, Liverpool and United are keeping tabs on him
  • The 24-year-old has been one of the Seagulls’ most consistent performers
  • Potter has praised the midfielder and believes he is far from his full potential

Graham Potter has dismissed reports that Brighton have been approached by Europe’s biggest clubs for his midfielder Yves Bissouma.

Mali international Bissouma is reportedly wanted by a host of Premier League rivals including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United while Spanish giants Real Madrid are also tracking his progress.

The 24-year-old has been among the Seagulls’ most consistent performers this season and started each of the 13 top-flight games for which he has been available.

Graham Potter dismisses reports that Europe’s biggest clubs have asked about Yves Bissouma 

The Brighton boss insists no approaches have been made for the talented 24-year-old

Albion head coach Potter believes Bissouma is far from realising his full potential and dismissed suggestions he is poised for an imminent departure from the Amex Stadium.

‘There have been no approaches,’ he said. ‘As I’ve said before, just because it’s in the newspaper, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true,’ said Potter, whose side sit two points above the relegation zone.

‘My focus on Yves is how I can help him improve and I think he’s still got some improvement to do.

‘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.’

Bissouma (right) is under contract at Brighton until 2023 after joining in 2018 for £15million

Bissouma, whose Brighton contract runs until 2023, was signed from French club Lille in July 2018 for an undisclosed fee, reportedly worth around £15million.

He initially struggled to hold down a regular starting role for the Seagulls but has become increasingly influential under Potter since football resumed post-lockdown in June.

Bissouma has made 70 appearances in all competitions for the south-coast club, scoring three times.

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