Man Utd urged to target ‘perfect’ Premier League midfielder

Date published: Wednesday 25th August 2021 11:20 - Will Ford

Graham Potter and Yves Bissouma

Manchester United have been urged to go after Yves Bissouma in the last week of the transfer window by former player Paul Parker.

The Brighton midfielder has enjoyed an excellent start to the season having impressed for some time on the south coast.

It’s thought Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to add to his midfield ranks this summer and the club have been linked with a number of options, including Eduardo Camavinga and Saul Niguez.

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Bissouma has been linked with a move to Arsenal, but their capture of Albert Sambi Lokonga suggests their interest has waned.

And Parker believes the 24-year-old would be the ideal addition for Solskjaer and would be something of a throwback to the likes of Roy Keane and Paul Ince.

“If Manchester United are going to make one or two signings before the end of the transfer window at least get one central midfield player. I think Yves Bissouma would be perfect,” Parker told Eurosport.

“Get somebody who knows the Premier League, has played really well since he’s been in the Premier League, plays well in big games for his club when they have them coming up and Bissouma comes to mind.

“He’s been doing it week in, week out. He knows the Premier League.

“He is athletic, good with the ball at his feet and he doesn’t seem to want to typecast himself as a defensive midfield player.

“He’s willing to go forward as well and become an attacking midfield player.

“He’s a midfield player from a previous generation when midfield players were called box-to-box. For example Bryan Robson, Roy Keane and Paul Ince.”

Solskjaer has already added Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane from Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid respectively this summer.

And the United boss said any further additions would be a bonus having strengthened in the areas they had targeted ahead of the window.

“Anything from now is a bonus,” he said recently.

“I have to say that with the two signings we’ve got, we’ve strengthened where we wanted to strengthen.

“Let’s see what happens. You never know in football. Anything can happen, ins and outs.”


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