Graham Potter admits Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd target Yves Bissouma could leave Brighton

Brighton's English manager Graham Potter gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Brighton and Hove Albion at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on March 14, 2021.
Potter accepts it might be tough to keep Bissouma (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Graham Potter has opened the door to Yves Bissouma leaving Brighton this summer, admitting the club have to be ‘honest and sensible’ over his future.

Bissouma has impressed at the heart of Brighton’s midfield this season and has attracted interest from some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool have all been linked with a move for the Mali international – who is reportedly valued at £40million by his club.

Potter is confident that Bissouma will only improve and believes he’s happy at the club.

However, he accepted that a player of his talent will be hard to keep if top level clubs come knocking.

‘The exciting thing for Yves is he can improve some more,’ said Potter.

Brighton's Ivorian midfielder Yves Bissouma handles the ball during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on March 6, 2021.
Bissouma has been linked with a move (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘He’s not at the top. But he’s got incredible potential and incredible talent.

‘Like any player, we have to be honest and sensible enough to know that if [they are] good enough to play at that level and [have] that opportunity, then we shouldn’t be scared of that.

‘At the same time, Yves is happy… He knows he’s in an environment here [where] people care for him, look after him and want the best for him.

‘He’s not perfect; he’s not the finished article; he’s still got things to improve. That’s really exciting for me as a coach.’

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