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Tottenham may have just created the Premier League’s top-tackling midfield duo by signing Yves Bissouma

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2JD2XMF File photo dated 18-05-2021of Brighton and Hove Albion's Yves Bissouma, who Tottenham have signed on a four-year deal, the Premier League club have announced.Issue date: Tuesday June 14, 2022. Issue date: Friday June 17, 2022.

Published: 16:12, 17 June 2022

Tottenham have announced the signing of Malian midfielder Yves Bissouma from Brighton.

Bissouma, 25, could cost Spurs a total of £35 million, according to Sky Sports, £10m of which is made up by add-ons.  His contract expires in 2026.

He joins goalkeeper Fraser Forster and winger-turned-wing-back Ivan Perisic as the third signing Tottenham have added to Antonio Conte’s squad in the summer transfer window as they prepare for Champions League football in 2022/23.

“It’s my dream to play Champions League football,” said Bissouma is his first interview with his new club.

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At Brighton, Bissouma played at the base of midfield as the Seagulls finished ninth, the club’s record placing in the Premier League. His statistical profile is one of a player who thrives in one-on-one duels, be they defensive or offensive; he is in the top percentile for Premier League No.6s for both tackles won and take-ons completed across his Premier League career, a division he joined in 2018.


Bissouma will play either alongside or replace Tottenham’s existing central midfielders, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur.

His arrival means Tottenham have two of the Premier League’s ‘top-five’ tacklers since the 2019/20 season in Hojbjerg and now Bissouma.