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Should Arsenal offer Holding in a swap deal for Brighton ace Bissouma? 

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Arsenal have previously shown their interest in Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma and the need for reinforcements in midfield for the north London club is apparent following the injury to Thomas Partey. 

Meanwhile, fellow Premier League club Aston Villa are also eyeing strengthening their midfield department in the summer. And the Seagulls’ Malian midfielder is on the wishlist of Steven Gerrard. 

Mirror report is stating that the Villans are ready to offer their star forward Danny Ings in order to persuade the south coast side in selling Bissouma. Meanwhile, the 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from the AMEX Stadium for quite a while and Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal were being credited with an interest in the highly-rated midfielder. 

Mikel Arteta’s side started the season with a thin squad depth, especially in midfield. And they suffered a lot whenever Thomas Partey or Granit Xhaka was unavailable during the season. So, signing Bissouma will be a very good addition for Arsenal. 

Will it be a decision by Arsenal to swap Holding for Bissouma? 

Brighton sold their star centre-back Dan Burn to Newcastle United in January and offering Holding for Bissouma could be a perfect swap deal for both parties. However, given the 25-year-old is an integral part of Graham Potter’s system. It will be interesting to see whether the Englishman would want to give up his star midfielder or not. 

The Mali international has showcased his talent in the Premier League. And it will be the moment for the midfielder to take a new challenge and test himself out at a higher level. 

Arsenal are in the race to finish in the top four spot at the moment. And finishing in the Champions League spot will help Arteta to get his priority signing. 

Meanwhile, apart from strengthening in midfield, centre-forward is another position where the North London club need strengthening this summer. Alexandre Lacazette has only scored four goals this season in the Premier League. And the Gunners need more goals from their number nine in order to fight for bigger prizes. 

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