Bissouma not ‘first’ on the list

Arsenal search for midfielder has taken them through an array of targets. One of the biggest and most popular options amongst fans has been Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma.

Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano however claimed that whilst the Gunners were interested, he was not the ‘first one’ on the list and that they could face competition from Liverpool.

‘Yves Bissouma is appreciated and he’s ‘one of the options’ in the Arsenal list as midfielder but NOT the first one. #AFC are also looking at different kind of players in this position. Many clubs are interested in Bissouma – Liverpool too. The race is open,’ wrote Romano.

Yves Bissouma is appreciated and he’s ‘one of the options’ in the Arsenal list as midfielder but NOT the first one. #AFC are also looking at different kind of players in this position. 🔴

Many clubs are interested in Bissouma – Liverpool too. The race is open. ⏳ #AFC #LFC

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 27, 2021

Although, the Athletic later confirmed that the Reds were not interested in the Mali international.

🛑 £35m Konate deal to be completed
🛑 New contacts for Alisson and Kelleher, talks with Adrian who’s weighing up his options
❌ Bissouma not a target
🛑 Origi, Wilson and Grujic lead list of fringe players set for exit
🛑 Salah/Mane staying put #LFC https://t.co/RsM5MCTPnz

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) May 28, 2021

The question therefore has been who could the mystery prime target be?

Arsenal’s mystery no.1 target

Arsenal have been linked with a number of midfielders. One of the earlier names suggested was Guido Rodriguez. The Real Betis midfielder has impressed since his move from Mexico but links have gone quiet for some time now.

A more recent name touted has been Anderlecht’s Sambi Lokonga. The Belgian has been excellent for Vincent Kompany’s side and is expected to move on but 101 understands that no official bid has yet been made for him by Arsenal. There is interest however from AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

This therefore narrows down the option to a player whose links to the club have remained persistent over the course of the window. Sheffield United’s Sander Berge was initially linked with a move back in November of 2020. These links persisted until March where further media updated the story. Then, in May, at the end of the season the reputable UK sources began running the story.

Arsenal have an edge in the race to sign Sander Berge this summerhttps://t.co/BHsDWep87G

— football.london (@Football_LDN) May 13, 2021

This continued throughout May and has carried on until as recent as this afternoon when Sheffield United journalist for local outlet The Star reported that the Gunners have been trying to negotiate down the price for the Norwegian international.

Arsenal want them to lower their valuation of Sander Berge. Sheffield United are standing firm. #sufc #twitterblades https://t.co/ug2hu5NI8w

— James Shield (@JamesShield1) June 2, 2021

Based upon all of the overriding evidence there is a clear interest from the Gunners and the noises from various destinations lead to a conclusion that the former Genk man seems to be the mystery player at the top of their list.

But, is this the right move or are Arsenal overlooking the man touted to be in second place?

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