Brighton manager Graham Potter is desperate to keep hold of Yves Bissouma (Picture: Getty)

Brighton will only part company with prize asset Yves Bissouma should they receive a bid in the region of £40million.

The Mali international has attracted a number of suitors following a series of eye-catching displays at the heart of the Seagulls’ midfield since his move from Lille nearly three years ago.

Arsenal are said to be keen admirers and Mikel Arteta will be on the lookout for midfield reinforcements in the summer given the likely departures of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Toerreira.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are said to have placed Bissouma at the top of their wish-list should, as expected, Gini Wijnaldum opt not to renew his contract and join his former national team boss Ronald Koeman at Barcelona.

Manchester United, too, are said to be monitoring the 24-year-old’s situation given the uncertainty that still surrounds Paul Pogba’s future, with the former Juvnetus star no closer to penning a contract extension.

Yves Bissouma is valued at £40million by Brighton (Picture: Getty0

Brighton, who are almost certain to retain their top flight status, are under no undue pressure to sell and, according to The Athletic, it would take an ‘absolutely unbelievable bid’ to tempt the south coast side to cash in.

Bissouma is not the only asset Brighton will be hoping to retain this summer, with manager Graham Potter also rumoured to be a target for Tottenham who are searching for a new manager after sacking Jose Mourinho earlier this week.

Brighton manager Graham Potter explained the massive bruise on his face at his press conference before the game against Sheffield United (Picture: PA)

Potter faced the media ahead of this weekend’s game against Sheffield United but the focus of the questioning was centered on the facial wound he was displaying, rather than his future.

Explaining the huge bruise underneath his eye, Potter said: ‘I would love to be able to tell you that there’s a heroic, chivalrous story here, that I can make myself look really good, but unfortunately I just missed my footing walking home on some steps and then went crashing into a metal railing.

‘And I have got a bit of whiplash on my back. Thankfully it’s only hit my cheek – it could have been worse.’


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