Yves Bissouma ‘requests Brighton exit this summer’ alerting Liverpool and Arsenal

Yves Bissouma ‘requests Brighton exit this summer’ putting Liverpool and Arsenal on red alert – with Jurgen Klopp having ‘researched player’s character’ to determine if he can replace Georginio Wijnaldum

  • Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma is set to be a man in demand this summer 
  • The Mali international has reported asked to be allowed to leave the club 
  • Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City are said to have be placed on alert 
  • It is claimed Jurgen Klopp has already done background research on Bissouma 

Brighton star Yves Bissouma has reportedly asked to be allowed to leave the club this summer, amid rising interest from a host of Premier League giants.

The Mali international has had a sublime season at the AMEX and has emerged as one of the top flight’s most consistent performers.

Now, with a host of suitors queuing up, 24-year-old Bissouma has requested to depart at the end of the season in order to further his career, according to the Times.

Yves Bissouma has reportedly requested to leave Brighton amid Liverpool and Arsenal interest

It is claimed that Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City have all already inquired about the availability of the Mali star as they seek to strengthen in midfield ahead of the coming campaign.

French giants Marseille are also said to have shown a willingness to bring Bissouma back to Ligue 1.

Liverpool have emerged as one of the side's monitoring Bissouma after a sublime season

Liverpool have emerged as one of the side’s monitoring Bissouma after a sublime season

According to the Times, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ‘spent time personally researching Bissouma’s character and off-field behaviour in order to assess whether the player would be a good fit for his Anfield squad.’

Widespread reports have linked Bissouma to Merseyside for some time, with the midfielder tipped as a potential long-term replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Dutchman is set to leave Anfield at the end of the campaign as a free agent, after failing to agree a new contract with the Reds.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich are touted as the most likely destinations for Wijnaldum to move on to.

Jurgen Klopp is reported to have already been checking out the character of Bissouma

Jurgen Klopp is reported to have already been checking out the character of Bissouma

Bissouma however is said to have a preference to join a Champions League side, with Klopp’s Liverpool struggling to nail down a top four finish and Arsenal poised to miss out on European competition completely.

City’s interest in Bissouma is less intense, according to the Times, who state any possible summer move will ‘depend on pricing of alternative options and the potential extension of Fernandinho’s contract.’

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Brighton striker Neal Maupay is sent off AFTER the final whistle following defeat by Wolves

Neal Maupay loses his cool as Brighton striker is sent off AFTER the final whistle following agonising defeat by Wolves for using foul and abusive language towards referee Jon Moss

  • Neal Maupay made his way to referee Jon Moss after Brighton lost 2-1 at Wolves
  • The seething striker received a red card for shouting and pointing at the official
  • Teammates Pascal Gross and Adam Webster were seen trying to usher him away
  • Lewis Dunk was sent off in the second half before Albion lost to a last-gasp goal 

Brighton striker Neal Maupay had to be restrained by his teammates and coaches as the striker was sent off for hurling abuse at referee Jon Moss in the immediate aftermath of the Seagulls’ Premier League defeat at Wolves.

Fiery forward Maupay, who was embroiled in controversy last year when he claimed Arsenal defender Matteo Guendouzi had taunted him over wages during an on-pitch flashpoint, was dismissed for foul and abusive language after the final whistle.

Brighton’s top scorer was seen striding towards Moss in the centre circle, pointing his finger and shouting angrily as midfielder Pascal Gross tried to stop him from approaching the official.

The striker was sent off for foul and abusive language

Brighton’s Neal Maupay (left) was sent off for abusing Jon Moss after Brighton’s loss at Wolves

Maupay was mysteriously infuriated after the visitors lost to a last-minute winner at Molineux

Maupay was mysteriously infuriated after the visitors lost to a last-minute winner at Molineux

Assistant boss Billy Reid and defender Adam Webster also held Maupay back as he reacted furiously following the late 2-1 defeat at Molineux, with Wolves scoring twice after Albion captain Lewis Dunk was sent off for hauling back Fabio Silva when the youngster was through on goal. 

Fans were mystified by Maupay’s rage after a performance by Moss offering few controversies, and there was little for Dunk or his teammates to complain about when he was dismissed for a clear pull on Silva’s shirt.

The Frenchman could have been riled by the agonising manner of his side’s defeat, inflicted by Adama Traore’s 76th-minute equaliser and a last-gasp Morgan Gibbs-White goal. 

Lewis Dunk had already seen red during the second half before the Seagulls spurned a lead

Lewis Dunk had already seen red during the second half before the Seagulls spurned a lead

Assistant manager Billy Reid (left) persuades Maupay to leave the pitch after he lost his temper

Assistant manager Billy Reid (left) persuades Maupay to leave the pitch after he lost his temper

One of Maupay’s former strike partners at Albion, Glenn Murray, told BBC Sport: ‘I don’t think it will have been about anything in particular.

‘It’s just frustration on the afternoon – to be so dominant in the first half and then to lose towards the end. It’s frustration.’  

Dunk’s 13th-minute header had given Brighton a lead they held for more than an hour, but the skipper and Maupay will now face bans from helping a side who are still not safe from relegation during a tough run-in that includes clashes with West Ham, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas said: ‘What’s he doing? They’ve now lost him as well [as Dunk]. Where’s the discipline?’

Albion boss Graham Potter revealed Maupay had ‘crossed a line’ after he was abruptly dropped from his squad for their trip to Tottenham in November. 

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Brighton striker Neal Maupay is sent off AFTER the final whistle following defeat by Wolves

Neal Maupay loses his cool as Brighton striker is sent off AFTER the final whistle following agonising defeat by Wolves for using foul and abusive language towards referee Jon Moss

  • Neal Maupay made his way to referee Jon Moss after Brighton lost 2-1 at Wolves
  • The seething striker received a red card for shouting and pointing at the official
  • Teammates Pascal Gross and Adam Webster were seen trying to usher him away
  • Lewis Dunk was sent off in the second half before Albion lost to a last-gasp goal 

Brighton striker Neal Maupay had to be restrained by his teammates and coaches as the striker was sent off for hurling abuse at referee Jon Moss in the immediate aftermath of the Seagulls’ Premier League defeat at Wolves.

Fiery forward Maupay, who was embroiled in controversy last year when he claimed Arsenal defender Matteo Guendouzi had taunted him over wages during an on-pitch flashpoint, was dismissed for foul and abusive language after the final whistle.

Brighton’s top scorer was seen striding towards Moss in the centre circle, pointing his finger and shouting angrily as midfielder Pascal Gross tried to stop him from approaching the official.

The striker was sent off for foul and abusive language

Brighton’s Neal Maupay (left) was sent off for abusing Jon Moss after Brighton’s loss at Wolves

Maupay was mysteriously infuriated after the visitors lost to a last-minute winner at Molineux

Maupay was mysteriously infuriated after the visitors lost to a last-minute winner at Molineux

Assistant boss Billy Reid and defender Adam Webster also held Maupay back as he reacted furiously following the late 2-1 defeat at Molineux, with Wolves scoring twice after Albion captain Lewis Dunk was sent off for hauling back Fabio Silva when the youngster was through on goal. 

Fans were mystified by Maupay’s rage after a performance by Moss offering few controversies, and there was little for Dunk or his teammates to complain about when he was dismissed for a clear pull on Silva’s shirt.

The Frenchman could have been riled by the agonising manner of his side’s defeat, inflicted by Adama Traore’s 76th-minute equaliser and a last-gasp Morgan Gibbs-White goal. 

Lewis Dunk had already seen red during the second half before the Seagulls spurned a lead

Lewis Dunk had already seen red during the second half before the Seagulls spurned a lead

Assistant manager Billy Reid (left) persuades Maupay to leave the pitch after he lost his temper

Assistant manager Billy Reid (left) persuades Maupay to leave the pitch after he lost his temper

One of Maupay’s former strike partners at Albion, Glenn Murray, told BBC Sport: ‘I don’t think it will have been about anything in particular.

‘It’s just frustration on the afternoon – to be so dominant in the first half and then to lose towards the end. It’s frustration.’  

Dunk’s 13th-minute header had given Brighton a lead they held for more than an hour, but the skipper and Maupay will now face bans from helping a side who are still not safe from relegation during a tough run-in that includes clashes with West Ham, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas said: ‘What’s he doing? They’ve now lost him as well [as Dunk]. Where’s the discipline?’

Albion boss Graham Potter revealed Maupay had ‘crossed a line’ after he was abruptly dropped from his squad for their trip to Tottenham in November. 

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Brighton aren’t counting their chickens yet after 1-0 defeat by Championship-bound Sheffield United

Brighton aren’t counting their chickens yet as Graham Potter insists the gap between them and their relegation rivals is not sufficient after 1-0 defeat at Championship-bound Sheffield United

  • Brighton were beaten 1-0 by Championship-bound Sheffield United on Saturday
  • The Seagulls are winless against the four teams below them this season 
  • Graham Potter insisted they are not yet safe from relegation to the second tier 

If Brighton stay up, they will have obliterated the notion that a successful relegation fight is dependent upon positive results against one’s direct rivals. 

An early strike from David McGoldrick delivered not only a first victory for Championship-bound Sheffield United under interim boss Paul Heckingbottom but left Brighton winless in the eight fixtures involving the four clubs below them in the table at kick-off on Saturday.

For Graham Potter this was a second painful stumble in days, after he scarred his face falling on to some seaside railings, and he insists that a seven-point buffer to the drop zone with five matches left is not sufficient.

Graham Potter insisted the gap between them and their rivals is not yet sufficient

Brighton are winless in their eight fixtures involving the clubs below them in the table

Brighton are winless in their eight fixtures involving the clubs below them in the table

‘It doesn’t feel comfortable to me. We need more points, it is as simple as that,’ Potter said.

‘We are doing some things right because we collected the points we have somewhere.

‘But look at recent results. West Brom beat Chelsea – in this league there is so much quality and if you are not on it, teams can hurt you, score and take the points. You have to respect that.

David McGoldrick's goal gave Paul Heckingbottom his first win in charge of the Blades

David McGoldrick’s goal gave Paul Heckingbottom his first win in charge of the Blades

‘Every game that we play we demonstrate we should be competitive. Equally you can lose, and that is the beauty of the league. It’s why it’s the best league in the world.’

That McGoldrick’s seventh of the season was enough for a fifth win for rock-bottom United had a lot to do with Neal Maupay’s late miss from a couple of yards out.

But Heckingbottom credited the fight shown by a group whose relegation was sealed last week. He said: ‘Everyone can still see what it means to the players to be in the Premier League. This result will be big for lots of people connected with the club, so I am delighted, and we want to make the most of these last five games.’

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Aston Villa vs West Brom – Premier League: Live score, lineups and updates

LIVE: Aston Villa vs West Brom – Dean Smith’s side looking to inflict more misery on relegation-threatened rivals as Baggies aim to keep survival hopes alive

  • Aston Villa starting XI: Martinez,  Elmohamady, Mings, Konsa, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Traore, Barkley, El Ghazi, Watkins
  • West Brom starting XI: Johnstone,  Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Townsend, Yokuslu, Gallagher, Maitland-Niles, Robinson, Diagne, Pereira
  • Aston Villa take on Midlands rivals West Brom at Villa Park this evening 
  • The Baggies are looking to keep their unlikely survival hopes alive
  • Dean Smith’s side can move into the top ten with three points 
  • Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results 
  • Premier League table – as it stands 

Aston Villa host Midlands rivals West Brom at Villa Park in tonight’s late kick-off in the Premier League.

Dean Smith’s side are looking to inflict more misery on the Baggies, who sit second bottom of the table and are edging closer towards relegation to the Championship.

However,  a victory will put Sam Allardyce’s team level on points with Fulham and they would close the gap on Brighton to seven points with five games to play.

Follow Sportsmail’s KATHRYN BATTE for live EPL coverage of Aston Villa vs West Brom, including scoreline, lineups and build-up.  

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