Former Arsenal star turned footballing pundit Ian Wright has predicted that given the opportunity, Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma would reject the chance to play for Liverpool in favour of joining Manchester United.
Bissouma, 24, is quickly becoming one of the Premier League’s most highly-rated defensive midfielders.
Since joining the Seagulls from French side Lille in 2018, Bissouma has gone on to feature in 93 matches, in all competitions.
Widely regarded as one of England’s most reliable holding midfielders, Bissouma frequently sees his name compared to the likes of West Ham’s Declan Rice and Leicester City’s Wilfried Ndidi.
In light of what has been an impressive rise, according to a recent report from the Times, the 24-year-old recently asked Brighton’s hierarchy to allow him to leave should a suitable bid be made during this summer’s transfer window.
It has been claimed that Premier League trio Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal have all already registered their interest in the Malian midfielder.
However, according to journalist Jonathan Shrager, United also have a long-standing interest.
I have just spoken with Bissouma’s representative, Michaël N’Cho, who confirmed to me that there is significant interest in Yves from #MUFC, Liverpool, Monaco, two La Liga teams, and also Arsenal
— Jonathan Shrager (@JonathanShrager) December 19, 2020
Weighing in on where Brighton’s highly-rated midfielder could end up plying his trade next, Wright believes United may have an advantage – at least over bitter-rivals Liverpool, anyway.
Speaking recently on the Wrighty’s House podcast, the retired attacker said: “You look at Bissouma and Bissouma is looking at Liverpool, and we know that Liverpool have had their problems this season.
“If you’ve got to choose between Liverpool and Man United in the current climate, I’m probably going to go with Man United.
“What’s going on at Liverpool is there are a lot of players getting into that 30 age bracket – Van Dijk, Henderson, the three guys up-front.
“You think to yourself, yeah Liverpool magnificent what they have done the last couple of years.
“But you look at Man United and what Man United are on the cusp of doing and it’s a much more attractive proposition right now.
“And I’m not being disrespectful for Liverpool. But where’s the funding?”