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Liverpool linked with Brighton's star player

Liverpool will be on the lookout for a Georginio Wjinaldum replacement this summer, and a move for Yves Bissouma is on the cards.

Liverpool's shambolic 2020/2021 season is gradually (and, thankfully) coming to a close, with the Reds having just five games left to play in the Premier League, the only competition they are in at the moment.

The away matches against Manchester United, Burnley and West Bromwich, along with the home fixtures against Southampton and Crystal Palace will play a great part in deciding Liverpool's fate in Europe for the next season.

Right now, the Reds are four points adrift off of a Champions League place, and are in the 6th spot, one point behind David Moyes' fifth placed West Ham.

Yves Bissouma battles with Liverpool's Diogo Jota

Yves Bissouma battles with Liverpool's Diogo Jota

As previously stated, the 2020/2021 season is coming to an end very soon, which can only mean one thing; the opening of the summer window. Clubs will start looking all over Europe and the rest of the world as soon as they receive the green light.

The Premier League has not officially declared the date for the opening of the second transfer window of the year but FIFA's Transfer Matching System website lists the dates for the men's window in England and Scotland as June 9 to August 31.

Evident from this season itself, reinforcements in the Liverpool squad are desperately needed, with arrivals and departures both imminent.

In the arrival terminal, the signing of Ibrahima Konaté is said to be more or less done, according to reliable football journalist Fabrizio Romano, and will give Jurgen Klopp the defensive depth boost he needs. According to Kevin Palmer, Ozan Kabak's loan will be made permanent as well.

As for departures, only Georginio Wjinaldum looks set to leave Merseyside this summer so far, with offers from Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan on the table. Liverpool are said to be looking for replacements both inside and outside the Premier League and recently we were linked with what seems like a suitable replacement for our Dutchman again.

With numbers startlingly similar to Wjinaldum, Yves Bissouma might be the perfect player to fill the Dutchman's boots after the latter leaves this summer.

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Back in 18th December, 2020, ESPN had reported that Liverpool were closely tracking the Malian midfielder and that the Reds' gaffer, Jurgen Klopp, is a huge admirer of the 24 year-old. Apart from Liverpool, several other clubs like Monaco, Manchester United and two clubs from La Liga were also heavily interested in the Brighton player.

Bissouma, who had moved to England after a £15m transfer from French side Lille, is having his breakthrough season with Brighton, catching the attention of the Premier League with his brilliant performances throughout this season.

Liverpool fans themselves got a close look when Bissouma ran the game at Brighton's Anfield encounter with Liverpool this season, with the South Coast side had won 1-0, dumping a second consecutive home defeat on Liverpool's head.

Bissouma was thoroughly impressive as well when he had faced Liverpool at the Amex back in November, when his side had hung onto the game with the edge of their teeth to make sure of the one point they had snatched from the match. 

Back in December, Bissouma's agent had claimed that his client had received a number of offers from various clubs and had named Liverpool as one of them.

The Athletic report that Brighton's asking price for their reliable midfielder will be no less than £40m, a £10m increase from the price reported just four months back. They also report that Arsenal, Real Madrid and Leicester City have joined the race for Bissouma's signature. Liverpool are said to be "considering" a move after the price for the player has been revealed. 

However, Brighton feel very "relaxed" about the situation as they are, currently, under no pressure to sell. Owner Tony Bloom will apparently entertain nothing but "an absolutely unbelievable bid " for the Malian, says Andy Taylor, who wrote the article.

No credible Liverpool source, so far, has let anything slip about Bissouma, but that can change any moment. For context, when Liverpool signed Diogo Jota in September 2020, no word of his transfer was even heard until 48 hours before his move to the reigning Premier League champions was announced by the club.

Bissouma has received plaudits left and right this season. Former Leicester and England player, and skipper, Gary Lineker has said that the 24 year old is an "exceptional footballer".

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is a fan as well, and has claimed that the interested clubs "will not be just looking this summer- they will be bidding".

After Brighton's win over Blackpool in the FA Cup (a game in which Bissouma had scored from 30 yards out), Graham Potter had said "We have to enjoy him while we have him". According to Potter, 'this is a player who can grace the Champions League'.

Bissouma has two years left on his Brighton contract which expires in 2023, and like we reported before, only an exceptionally high bid can price away the midfielder from the Seagulls.