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Arsenal are unlikely to sign Brighton star Yves Bissouma this month if their January budget is anything to go by. Brighton midfielder Bissouma has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Premier League champions Liverpool.
Reports have claimed that Bissouma would be keen on a move to the Gunners and would choose a move to the Emirates over any other English club.
The Mali international has become an integral part of the Brighton side since his arrival in 2018.
Arsenal are in the market for a midfielder in this window, though a more attacking player than Bissouma has been on the agenda.
But according to transfer expert Duncan Castles, a deal for Bissouma this month appears to be a non-starter with Arsenal’s budget at just £17.8million.
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“Arsenal, their priority in this window in midfield has been a creative midfielder,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“Basically someone who is a cross between a No 8 and a No 10, so a box-to-box midfielder with creativity and pass creation skills.
“I’m told they’re working on a very limited budget to do that of about €20m.
“So you want a player who would take a fundamental role in the team and change the midfield in an important way but you’re trying to do it at a price that is going to be very difficult to achieve.
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“But Bissouma’s not that player, he doesn’t fit that style, but we’ve talked about how Arsenal have a very heavy squad, a lot of unhappy players, a lot of players in there that Mikel Arteta is not convinced about and would like to shift out.”
Castles says Bissouma is a long-term target for Arsenal and believes the player has proved he is good enough to make that step up.
“In that regard, you can see Bissouma as an option,” he continued.
“Premier League ready, he’s had his adaptation period, a very difficult first year where I’m told he wasn’t particularly focused on football, the way he was living wasn’t the best possible in terms of being surrounded by friends rather than having close family there.
“That’s changed and he’s proved himself in the division.
“That kind of step up from Brighton to Arsenal, after a few seasons in the Premier League, where your numbers are starting to look good, when you’re just 24, when your contract is just getting to a level where you could be secured for a reasonable price, it’s not an unusual one.
“So it doesn’t surprise me that these clubs are doing the proprietary work.
“Whether they will be able to put enough money on the table to convince Brighton and whether they will remain convinced throughout the season that Bissouma is the No 1 solution in those positions, that is an open question.”
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