The truth behind Aston Villa’s £50m transfer of Yves Bisouma

Amid Aston Villa’s growing interest in Seagulls star midfielder Yves Bisouma, an insider said: “This month is arguably the last time Brighton could get a huge fee for him.”

The 25-year-old is currently in the Africa Cup of Nations with Mali, while back in the UK, transfer interest is accelerating with his manager, Graham Potter, refusing to take the sale this month. Manchester United is also said to be monitoring his condition.

“Players at this stage, and Yves alike, know that at this time of year the newspapers are full of speculation,” Potter said.

“It’s part of them that they have to deal with and they also know that they have to focus on their football and know what they are doing.

“Then they let the rest focus on themselves and focus on their football. That’s all they can do,” he said.

“There are a lot of ifs and buts. Believe me. Yves is enjoying his football here, but as I said, with the transfer window you never know.

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“It doesn’t matter what I say because you never know, so we have to adapt to anything and plan something you can’t anticipate. We’re in a good place but we’ll see.” “

This week, Brighton recalled their highly-rated Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Cassado from a loan in Beerschot, Belgium. The 20-year-old, signed 12 months ago for £4.5 million, was on a season-long loan but, due to hamstring injuries to Bisouma and Enock Mwepu at AFCON, was recalled.

For the interest of villas in Bisouma, Birmingham Live Understands that there has been a possible outlook regarding its availability this month.

Villa have cracked down on Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne to bring them through the door and, prior to Marvelous Nakama’s season-ending injury, Steven Gerrard had to be satisfied with the options he had before consolidating Villa’s midfield over the summer. was asked for.

Now that has changed and after showing Gerrard’s first game in charge in November against Villa, it is Bisouma who tops the manager’s wish-list.

Birmingham Live understands Brighton will be up for an offer of around £50m, a figure that Villa can afford and is still in line with Financial Fair Play.

A financial expert told us: “If Villa have signed him on a four-and-a-half-year deal, the amortization cost is over £10 million a year.” “Remember, Jack Grealish also has a £100 million profit from the sale to the factor, so Villa has plenty of discount.”

Bisouma has just 18 months left on his current contract and according to our colleagues in Brighton, he is unlikely to sign a new deal at the Amex Stadium.

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“I personally think he will go in the summer,” said a source. “However, this month is arguably the last time Brighton can get a huge fee for that.”

Back in September, Bisouma gave a candid interview to Brighton’s official YouTube channel amid continued transfer interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, indicating his attempt to play Champions League football.

“I didn’t go this summer, probably because it’s not my time to go,” he said. “I’m happy just playing football and the rest … I have an agent.

“When my time comes, it’s my time, but I’m happy in Brighton, I’m enjoying playing football.

“My dream is like every player, I want to play in the Champions League, I want to be the champion. I want to compare myself at the top level, not just with other players.”

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Our source close to Brighton’s decision makers told us: “The club never stands in a player’s way, they should go. Yves is a sweet boy entering legendary territory in Brighton.

“However, it will be interesting to see if the Champions League teams make a move for him, or whether the club will be content to get a bigger fee and let him go to a team with long-term Champions League aspirations, such as for Villa. . Example. “

There is a little over two weeks left in the transfer window. The Bisouma deal is for Villa – it all depends now whether Nassef Saviris and Wes Edens go all out and pay the £50m Brighton demand or pursue other options as sporting director Johan Lange Looking for cheaper alternatives from Europe.

The ball is firmly in Villa’s court, as we understand it, but there is still a lot of bidding to be done.