Manchester United are still exploring the possibility of signing another midfielder before the end of this summer’s transfer window.
Newcomers will depend on the club’s departures, due to the fact that the club has already parted ways with £ 115.9 million to bring in each of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.
However, with an inflated team and valuable assets like Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard potentially up for sale, recovering substantial fees is more than possible before the deadline.
This summer’s transfer business has brought the club much closer to its rivals, but injecting another energetic midfield presence into the squad feels like a necessity if United are to truly challenge for the Premier League title this season.
While both are good players, a double pivot from Fred and Scott McTominay remains unconvincing on a title-chasing side, and the options beyond them are uncertain.
Nemanja Matic turned 33 at the beginning of the month, which means his best years are behind him, while Pogba has yet to commit to the club beyond his current contract, which expires at the end of next season.
The Reds explored a deal to excite young Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, but the 18-year-old’s representatives have confirmed that he is in favor of moving to Spain.
In any case, if United is looking for a new recruit who will have an immediate impact on the team, then arguably it would be better to pursue players closer to home who already have experience at this level.
And it is for this reason that Brighton’s Yves Bissouma remains an obvious target for several of the best teams in the Premier League.
Bissouma joined Brighton in 2018 from Lille, and both clubs have proven to be two you can trust when it comes to finding and identifying the best future talent. They have an excellent track record of identifying future stars thanks to their use of state-of-the-art data and vast exploration networks.
The 24-year-old is not a headliner in terms of goals or assists, he has hit a combined five for the Seagulls since joining, but this is normal for a player of his type, sitting in the middle of the game. field.
However, he is fast and extremely mobile, making him a master at sweeping through danger rather than defense. He’s strong in duels and had a 65.5 percent success rate last season.
That beats Pogba, Fred, McTominay and Matic, all of whom had success rates that ranged from 52.8% to 56.28% last season.
With the ball, he is quite versatile, able to avoid pressure and dribble in tight spaces. Only Pogba of the aforementioned names averaged more dribbles by 90 in the previous season, but the Frenchman benefits from playing a freer role at times for United than Bissouma does for Brighton.
His pass is usually short and safe in line with Graham Potter’s philosophy of play, however he can play more direct and penetrating balls in the last third when given the license to do so.
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The Premier League experience he has gained thus far is crucial, making him less risky from United’s perspective. He is of a good age, has a good physical profile, and usually avoids injuries.
Not only that, but there’s a sense that Brighton boss Potter has resigned himself to the fact that Bissouma’s future is out of his hands, based on the interest he’s drawn from the bigger clubs this summer.
When asked about his future before the trip from Brighton to Burnley last week, Potter said, “I’ve been talking about Yves Bissouma for quite some time and he’s still here.”
“That’s all I can say about it. I can’t control the future, I don’t know what is going to happen essentially, that’s the beauty of life and football.”
The Malian star could cost upwards of £ 30 million, but he would surely seize the opportunity to join such a prestigious club as United, and Solskjaer’s team in turn would greatly benefit from his arrival, but it all depends on what he can. do United. done in terms of getting unwanted players out the door first.
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