Darren Bent has claimed that Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma is a “gettable” signing for Manchester United this summer. The 25-year-old has just one year left on his contract with the south coast club.
Bissouma is yet to reach an agreement with the Seagulls over an extension and could well be sold in order to prevent him leaving the Amex Stadium on a free transfer. The Mali international has been an integral part of Brighton’s impressive rise up the Premier League table over the last two seasons, and his sensational displays have seen him linked with a host of clubs.
Aston Villa reportedly had a bid for his services rejected in the January transfer window, whilst Newcastle and Arsenal are also rumoured to be interested in acquiring his services. Brighton will be hopeful of securing a sizeable fee if they do sell but with his contract set to expire in a little over 12 months they could let him go in a cut-price deal.
Seagulls boss Graham Potter revealed last month that Bissouma has aspirations of playing in the Champions League and that he boasts the attributes to succeed at that level. However, United’s hopes of playing in European football’s elite club competition came to an end on Saturday after they suffered a 4-0 defeat at the Amex.
Nonetheless Bent believes that United could complete a deal for the talented midfielder. When asked on talkSPORT if the Red Devils could secure one realistic signing this summer, who would it be and why, he replied: “They need a holding midfield player. They should have got one of them in a little while ago.”
It was also put to Bent if West Ham’s Declan Rice was a transfer they could pursue, he said: “I don’t think they [United] will stump up the money. West Ham look like they are happy to hold onto him. Someone I’d like to see them sign, I think he is a really good player, Yves Bissouma. I think he’s a top player at Brighton, I think he’s gettable as well.
“I think he would improve Manchester United because he’s not just your average box-to-box midfielder, he can get about. I think he’s a top drawer midfielder and I would probably go out to get him.”
Former United midfielder Paul Ince also believes that Bissouma would be a good signing for his old club. He told Genting Casino in February that the Brighton star would flourish playing alongside Scott McTominay.
“You have to look at United’s recruitment. They didn’t know about Bissouma, now he’s at Brighton and might cost £40million. They didn’t know about [N’Golo] Kante, now he’s at Chelsea, Ince said.
“All these players have been about but why have United not spotted them? They need to get someone like Bissouma because the midfield needs to change. Fred’s not the answer, McTominay is one of those who’s a good player but would be better with someone like Bissouma next to him.”