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According to a report by The Times, Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma has asked to leave the club in the summer and a few big Premier League sides have shown an interest in the 24-year-old.

The likes of Arsenal and Liverpool have registered interest in the midfielder but Ian Wright believes Manchester United will be leading this transfer race if Yves Bissouma is really looking to head for greener pastures.

The pundit said in his podcast: “Bissouma’s making it clear now he wants to leave. Bissouma at Man Utd… that fits. He’s very good. You look at Bissouma, and he’s looking at Liverpool, we know that Liverpool have had their problems this season and you’ve got to choose between Liverpool and Man Utd in the current climate.

“I’m probably going to go with United. At the moment, yeah, because if we didn’t have the pandemic there’s certain things that’s going to happen where someone gets sold so they can finance [another signing].

“And what’s going on at Liverpool, there’s a lot of players getting into that 30 age bracket – Van Dijk, Henderson, the three guys up front.

“You think to yourself, ‘yeah Liverpool are magnificent with what they’ve done these last couple of years’. But you look at United and what United are on the cusp of doing, it’s a much more attractive proposition right now, much more.

“And I’m not being disrespectful to Liverpool, but it seems to me at Liverpool… where’s the funding?

“Like when they [sold] Coutinho to get everybody in, when they sold Suarez to get everybody in, where’s that funding coming from for Liverpool for them [potential signings] to say, ‘I can see what they are building’?

“You’ve got three unbelievable players [Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino] who are getting to a stage of their career where they’re like, ‘can I go to Real Madrid?’… no, it’s not looking as attractive, with all due respect to Liverpool.”


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Apart from Man United and Liverpool, Arsenal have also been linked with Yves Bissouma but they don’t even get a mention from Ian Wright, and rightly so.

The Gunners are going to finish the 2020-21 season as a mid-table team without European football next season. So the last thing Yves Bissouma will want is to leave one mid-table side and join another in the summer.

Arsenal and even Liverpool to some extent are in a mess right now and it will require a few transfer windows to sort it out. Man United, on the other hand, are a team on the rise and there’s every chance that Ole’s men are going to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

So, it’s pretty evident where the Mali international will want to head in the summer.

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