What is the latest news involving Yves Bissouma?
The Mali international has long been linked with a move away from the Seagulls, with reports back in January suggesting that he was being considered by Aston Villa.
It then emerged last month that Antonio Conte’s side would rival Villa for Bissouma’s signature this summer, with the 25-year-old’s contract coming to an end next season.
What has Taylor said about Tottenham’s interest in Bissouma?
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Taylor claimed that Spurs securing Champions League football on the final day of the season now makes a potential move for the midfielder a “realistic” possibility for them to consider.
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He said: “If he’s a player that Conte likes, he certainly will help save some of the finances for some other signings given that he’s probably not going to cost any more than £30m to £35m.
“Definitely one Spurs will look at, and given he wants to play in the Champions League, it’s probably a realistic avenue. But at the moment, nothing concrete to suggest that will happen.”
Bissouma’s a perfect fit for Conte’s Spurs
Given Conte’s tactical demands of playing three-at-the-back, having a dynamic midfield duo becomes just that much more important for the Italian, and in Bissouma, he can find one of the Premier League’s best.
Indeed, speaking to FootballFanCast last year, former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie waxed lyrical about what the Brighton ace brought to the table.
He said: “I did a chat with myself and Paul Merson on Soccer Saturday a few weeks ago talking about Bissouma, and we highlighted what he actually does.
“I mean, his stats are absolutely phenomenal, the way he breaks the game up, his forward play. He’s got a good football brain.”
As per Whoscored, Bissouma ranked fourth for most tackles per game in the Premier League last season, averaging 2.9 per match, while his tally of 1.9 interceptions per game, was good enough to place him in the top ten too.
Meanwhile, his pass accuracy of 89.2% places him just outside of the top 20 in the entire division, and that ability to both be a screener in front of the defence, but have the composure to retain possession, makes him the perfect fit for Conte as a dynamic midfielder.