The truth behind Aston Villa’s £50m bid for Yves Bisoma

“This month is the last chance we can say Brighton will be paid big,” an inside source said amid Aston Villa’s growing interest in Seagull star Yves Bisoma.

The 25-year-old is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations with Mali, while back in the UK, and transfer interest continues to grow with his manager, Graham Potter, refusing to rule out a sale this month. It is also said that Manchester United are monitoring his situation.

“Players at this level, and Eve himself, know this time of year speculation fills the papers,” Potter said.

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

“Then they let the other things take care of themselves and focus on football. That’s all they can do.

“There are a lot of things to come true. I’m sure. Yves enjoys playing football here, but like 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 called up highly-rated Ecuadorean midfielder Moises Caicedo on loan at Berchot in Belgium. The 20-year-old, who signed for £4.5m 12 months ago, was on loan for a season, but with Bisuma at the Africa Cup of Nations and Enoch Mwebo with a hamstring injury, he has since been called up.

As for the interest of the villa in Soma, Birmingham Live Understands that there is a principled approach regarding its availability this month.

Villa cracked as Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne came through the door, and before Marvelos Nakamba was injured at the end of the season, Steven Gerrard was said to have been satisfied with the options he had before strengthening Villa’s midfield in the summer.

That has now changed, and with Man of the Match appearing against Villa in Gerrard’s first game in November, Bisuma is the one to top the coach’s wish list.

Birmingham Live It understands Brighton will stick to offers of around £50m, a figure Villa can afford and still in line with financial fair play.

One financial expert told us: “If Villa signed him on a four-and-a-half-year deal, the depreciation cost would be just over £10m a year.” “Remember, there is a £100m profit from the sale of Jack Grealish to take into account as well, so Villa has a lot of leeway.”

Baysoma has only 18 months left on his current contract and, according to our Brighton teammates, is unlikely to sign a new one at AMEX.

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“I personally think he’s going in the summer,” a source said. “However, this month is arguably the last chance for Brighton to get a big fee for it.”

Back in September, Soma gave a candid interview to Brighton’s official YouTube channel amidst ongoing interest in transfers from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, while indicating his intention to play football in the Champions League.

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

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

“My dream is like any player, I want to play in the Champions League, I want to be a 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 has since told us: “The club never stands in the way of a player, should they want to go. Eve is a beautiful boy who enters Brighton’s legend zone.

“However, it will be interesting to see if the Champions League teams move in his favour, or if the club will be content to charge a large fee and allow him to leave for a team with long-term aspirations in the Champions League, like Villa is an example.”

There are just over two weeks left in the transfer window. Bisoma deal is in for Villa – it all now depends on whether Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have done their best and paid the £50m order for Brighton or pursue other options elsewhere as sporting director Johann Lang searches for cheaper alternatives from around the world. Europe.

The ball is stationary in Villa’s court, as we understand it, but with an attempt not yet made.

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