Fabrizio Romano revealed Arsenal will prioritize signing of premier league No.8 instead of Bissouma

Writing in his column for Caught Offside, Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on the race to sign Yves Bissouma this summer.

Bissouma has been discussed as a potential target for multiple clubs over the past 12 months including Arsenal and Liverpool, but according to Romano, the trail has gone cold with the Malian.

Indeed, the journalist says that a move to Aston Villa is seemingly now off the cards, while Arsenal are prioritising a move for Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans ahead of Bissouma.

Romano gave an update on the Brighton midfielder.

“There was much talk about Yves Bissouma a few months ago, but it’s gone a little quiet recently, and it seems a move to Aston Villa is now not happening,” Romano wrote.

“Still, his agent has had conversations with many top clubs in recent times, but so far Brighton want to wait for a sale: the price for Bissouma has always been close to €40/45m.”

“Arsenal have been following him for months but the priority is to understand if they can complete the Youri Tielemans deal, while Manchester United have yet to decide who will be the final priority target of the midfield. As I’ve written before, it could be more likely that they pursue Frenkie de Jong, but there are challenges with that deal.”

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