The Premier League big six all followed the form of Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma right before the January transfer window reopened, according to journalist Tom Barclay.

What’s new about Bissouma?

Bissouma has increased speculation about his future after admitting via Metro to Brighton’s in-house media department that his goal is to compete in the Champions League and fight for titles.

The 25-year-old clearly believes that given his current form, he is capable of entering any top division. Bissouma claimed in an interview earlier this month that he is the best midfielder in the Premier League.

It’s not just Bissouma who rate himself highly as Liverpool made an official request just days before the summer transfer window slammed last month.

Brighton could be forced into a three-way battle for the midfielder’s services in January, alleging Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal looking to do business.

Graham Potter’s side are in a strong negotiating position should one of Bissouma’s suitors confirm his interest as the Malian international has just under two years left on his £ 25,000-a-week deal at Amex Stadium.

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What did Tom Barclay say about Bissouma?

Barclay has confirmed that the Premier League big six – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – are keeping an eye on Bissouma.

Although the journalist rates one of the ex-Lille man’s teammates as a better player, he is not surprised that Bissouma arouses so much interest.

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Barclay told GMS: “They all watched him.

“I think Lewis Dunk is the best player in Brighton but that doesn’t mean Yves Bissouma isn’t absolutely top notch. He’s brilliant.”

Who else is a fan of Bissouma?

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers praised Bissouma’s physicality and defensive work for his employers on the south coast ahead of the Foxes’ loss to Brighton last weekend.

According to the xG, how many more goals should Brighton have scored?

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Shortly before the end of his last term in office, former England striker Gary Lineker described Bissouma on social media as an “exceptional footballer”.

Bissouma, who joined Brighton from France’s Lille for £ 15m three years ago, is just nine games away from 100 Premier League games.

Despite question marks about the midfielder’s future, Bissouma has started all five of the Seagulls’ top five games in tomorrow’s encounter with arch-rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

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