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Opinion: Arsenal shouldn't dither in pursuit of 'exceptional' midfielder amid reports of cooling interest

Gary Lineker once waxed lyrical about Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma, who was reportedly a transfer target for Arsenal this summer.

However, recent reports from Fabrizio Romano have claimed that despite being a target for the Gunners, the African isn’t the hottest name on the side’s transfer list.

It seems the outfit are targeting other players like Ligue 1 youngster Eduardo Camavinga, who is reportedly now the team’s number one transfer target for the summer.

Speaking about the Mali international after his man of the match performance during the Seagulls’ 0-0 draw at home to Everton last month, the former Blues man labelled the 24-year-old an ‘exceptional footballer‘.

The news may well come as a bitter blow to those associated with the club after what has been a poor season in the centre of the pitch for Mikel Arteta’s men.

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Granit Xhaka has been the only air of consistency in a Gunners midfield that has struggled badly this campaign. Thomas Partey joined from Atletico Madrid for £45m to great expectations, but, persistent injury problems has hampered the ace’s progress this season.

Meanwhile, Dani Ceballos’ loan spell was extended into a second term, however, the Spaniard has proven inconsistent on the pitch especially during the later rounds of the Europa League, whilst Mohamed Elneny has seemingly dropped out of favour under Mikel Arteta in the second half of the campaign.

Bissouma has established himself as one of Graham Potter’s key men over the course of the last two terms and has attracted attention from elite clubs in England. Liverpool and Manchester United are two sides also thought to be considering a transfer for the star man, alongside the north London giants.

If Romano’s claims are anything to go by, it seems the hierarchy at the Emirates Stadium have bigger plans than signing the 18-cap international despite his form.

But, with Camavinga having been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and England’s two most successful clubs, the chances of completing the signing of the talented youngster are virtually zero.

The club shouldn’t dither in their chase of Bissouma, who would be a great addition to a midfield that has lacked consistency this season.

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