Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa have made it a priority to strengthen their midfield and have set eyes on Yves Bissouma as their prime target.
The Lions were interested in the Mali international in January but an agreement could not be reached.
YVES TO VILLA A POSSIBILITY IN JUNE?
According to the Express and Star, Bissouma was on Villa’s shortlist in January. But Brighton and Hove Albion refused to do business for anything below £50 million. And so Steven Gerrard’s side will ramp up their interest in the summer.
Villa is hoping for a better deal in June when Yves Bissouma will only have a year left on his contract. The 25-year-old penned a five-year deal at the Amex after a £15 million move from LOSC Lille in 2018 worth £25k-a-week.
Manchester United and Tottenham are also closely following the situation.
When asked about his future during the summer Bissouma had this to say:
“I didn’t go this summer, maybe it’s because it’s not my time to go. When my time will come, it’s my time, but I’m happy in Brighton, I’m enjoying playing football. My dream is like every player, I want to play in the Champions League, I want to be champions. I want to compare myself on the top level, not just with other players.”
VILLA’S MIDFIELD SITUATION
The Villans have been wanting to sign a defensive midfielder this season but that could not happen. Marvellous Nakamba’s injury only made things worse and has exposed the lack of options for Steven Gerrard in that position.
Dougas Luiz can fill in as a midfield anchor but the club wanted to go out and get an out and out defensive midfielder.
Jacob Ramsey, John McGinn and Morgan Sanson also fill in from time to time, only highlighting Villa’s need for a new defensive mid.
Steven Gerrard’s side was also linked with Rodrigo Bentancur but he eventually joined Antonio Conte‘s Tottenham.
Villa will have their work cut out in the summer if they want to land their man, with several teams interested. It will be interesting to see where the midfielder from Mali lands up.
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