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Brighton believe Lilles Cheikh Niasse could be an appropriate replacement for Liverpool goal Yves Bissouma, according to a report.
Bissouma’s future has proved to be a constant topic throughout this summer’s window, but he remains a Brighton player. This is despite reported interest from Anfield and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta. With less than a week left before Tuesday’s deadline, Manchester United have also had links with a move.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp violently ruled out a move for another midfielder earlier in the summer.
While losing Georginio Wijnaldum, he insisted he still has an abundance of options available.
According to Football InsiderHowever, Liverpool could now make a late move for Bissouma after being given the green light, which would prove to be a big consideration given the interest in him for some time.
That’s because Brighton are heading for their own step — for the 21-year-old Niasse.
The Frenchman, who is also eligible to represent Senegal, remains on the fringes of the Ligue 1 champions.
He earned a promotion to the first team last season after his rise through the ranks. However, he only performed once before Christmas.
As such, he signed up for a loan move to Panathinaikos in January for the end of the season. While there, he helped the Greek side to a fifth-place finish in the league.
Lille have already sold Leicester new boy Boubakary Soumare and goalkeeper Mike Maignan this summer. As such, they may be reluctant to sanction yet another major exit.
Brighton are in a similar position after Ben White’s transfer to £ 50m for Arsenal. Therefore, Football Insider adds that the gulls want at least £ 40 million for Bissouma.
It is still unclear whether the Reds can afford such a fee. They use only what they earn and Ibrahima Konate of £ 36 million was funded through several sales including Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic.
Potter admits Bissouma, Brighton
Speaking earlier this month, Brighton manager Graham Potter admitted doubts over the future of Bissouma.
He said: “I have been talking about Yves Bissouma for a long time and he is still here.
“It simply came to our notice then. I can not control the future. I do not know what will really happen. That’s the beauty of life and football.
“Yves is with us, he is happy, he smiles, he wants to play. He will continue to improve his career, he is taking steps.
“He is our player and while he is still here we will do our best to help him.”
Bissouma has played 98 times for Brighton and chipped in with four goals and two assists.