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Liverpool decided against signing Yves Bissouma this transfer window, despite feeling like they could have beaten Spurs to his signature, according to The National News.
The in-demand midfielder recently completed a £25 million move to Spurs in a deal which to many, came out of nowhere.
Bissouma has been a standout player for Brighton in the Premier League over the last few seasons, and his stellar form earned him transfer links with some of the league's biggest clubs.
The Tottenham midfielder was rumoured to be of interest to Liverpool, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Newcastle, but settled on a move to White Hart Lane.
The £25 million fee came as a shock, with many clubs expecting Brighton to push for closer to £35 million, as the Mali international in high demand.
Recent controversy surrounding Bissouma has been suggested as a reason his fee was so low, with clubs worried about his attitude.
Bissouma stated that Spurs’ Champions League qualification was the main driving point ahead of his move to North London, but Liverpool felt as though they could have pipped Spurs to his signature.
The Reds do have a strong arsenal of midfielders, but with rumours circulating around the future of club-captain, Jordan Henderson, a move for Yves Bissouma could have been a steal for only £25 million.
Despite the low cost, Liverpool believed he would not be a worthwhile signing, as it is worth noting that the likes of Thiago, Fabinho and Henderson would still start over Bissouma.
With Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Tyler Morton all gaining more minutes throughout the course of last season, Liverpool feel as though they have enough ammunition in midfield, thus distancing themselves from a move for Bissouma.
It is reported that Liverpool also turned down the opportunity to sign Leicesters’ Youri Tielemans and Leeds Uniteds’ Kalvin Phillips, enforcing the point that they do not ‘need’ a midfielder this summer.
The Merseyside club are reportedly against signing players that would start out at the top of the wage bill, so if a midfielder was to be signed this summer, it would be a young midfielder with a lower salary that fits their structure.
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