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.