Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has examined transfer target Yves Bissouma’s character off the pitch as he contemplates a summer candidacy.
The Brighton midfielder ace has impressed this campaign, despite being involved in a relegation battle.
Bissouma’s all-action box-to-box displays have seen many Premier League clubs consider a move, with Arsenal and Manchester City keen on his services as well.
Liverpool’s interest in the player is somewhat more advanced, however, according to the Sunday Times.
They report that German gaffer Klopp has “ personally researched ” his character and behavior off the pitch to see if he will fit into his current squad.
If he decides the player is the right man and the successor to Georginio Wijnaldum, who looks set to leave the club with a free transfer, then a £ 40million offer will be needed to keep him away from the Seagulls.
Kane ‘ready to tell Spurs to listen to transfer offers’ – but he doesn’t need to leave
Man United answered Bellingham’s question, Rice wants Champions League football
Man United said the club ‘will not sell’ the target as an alternative to Sancho is sought
TO DEFEND ONESELF
Wolves return defeats Brighton after Dunk Red and Maupay sent off after the whistle
TIMES OF CRISIS
Rice in demand makes Champions League debut as West Ham legend warns club
Arteta reveals Kroenke’s conversation, says he wants changes this summer
Liverpool legend John Barnes is a man who would clearly be in favor of signing the ace from Brighton.
He said BonusCodeBets: “Yves Bissouma has the capacity to play in a team like Liverpool. He could fill what Jurgen Klopp expects from the three players in the midfield.
“He’s strong defensively, he works hard, he plays the ball fast and every once in a while when he needs to dribble, even though we’re not talking about Brighton you know he can do it because he has [in the past].
“Of all the players playing in England who could fit the model of Liverpool’s three midfielders, he is one of them.
“He [plays] like Georginio Wijnaldum, although he does not attack as much as “ Gini ” [Wijnaldum], because Brighton plays a different style of football, when Bissouma wants it, he can. He is 24 years old and young, he would fit perfectly.