It’s still too painful to think about a Liverpool without Gini Wijnaldum, but that future is pretty much set in stone and I guess it’s time to start looking at what our alternatives are. A Yves Bissouma-to-Liverpool rumour became a thing a few days ago, and it looks like we’re at that point in the year where we’ve got absolutely nothing better to do than try to read tea leaves and look for the Truth About Transfers. So here we are. Reading Twitter posts.
Yesterday, the Malian international posted this on Twitter, immediately generating buzz about the fact that this obviously means that the player is looking for a way out of Brighton and Hove.
mom told me watch out they will love you a lot less when you go up my son, you will see time break some friendships ✍ ... pic.twitter.com/1q6UB90igZ— Yves Bissouma #YB8 (@Yves_Bissouma) May 30, 2021
And sure. He’s almost definitely looking for a bigger club to go to and Liverpool would definitely benefit from his style of play (especially with Gini’s inevitable exit on the cards). It’s still probably worth waiting for a bit more concrete information or news before we start breaking out the confetti.
What will almost definitely spur a move for Bissouma (to Liverpool or not) is the fact that Brighton isn’t in the greatest financial shape right now:
“This season and the previous season have been really tough financially. We have lost over £50m purely because of Covid over the two seasons. That money is never coming back,” club chairman Tony Bloom said to BBC Sussex. “As far as I know [Bissouma is] going to report to pre-season like everyone else. But it’s football. Like anything, in the summer we have to make some good decisions and improve the football club.”
Whether or not this means there’s more room for negotiation, or if Liverpool and Mikey Edwards can negotiate the purported £40m fee for Bissouma down (if they’re even interested in him) still needs to be seen.