As per one of the latest reports by Daily Mail, Brighton & Hove Albion are close to signing Paris Saint-Germain sensation, Moussa Sissako. Apart from the Seagulls, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Marseille and RB Leipzig were also fighting for him but it seems that Brighton are going to win the race and lure him to the Amex Stadium this summer.
Sissako has rejected the offer of a professional contract from the Ligue 1 giants and is willing to sign on a four-year deal with the Premier League outfit. Although PSG are reluctant to let him leave, they might have to strike him off their books eventually as he is adamant to quit the club. A move to the English top flight must have appealed to the talented centre-back.
Chris Hughton’s troops managed to refrain themselves from falling into the clutches of the relegation zone last season as they finished at the 15th spot in the league standings with 40 points to their name. There were many instances of defensive frailties and there is no denying that Hughton must be keen to strengthen his arsenal to better the credentials of his side next season.
Owing to their survival in the top flight, Brighton have secured another TV revenue windfall of £100million. The club will yield notable dividends if they invest in the right areas. Beefing up the defence will be the most important job for Hughton. They have already made the first acquisition of the summer by making Nigerian international defender, Leon Balogun, sign on the dotted line.
Sissako, who can play for Mali or France, might lack the experience of competitive football but the 17-year-old has huge potential, which is why some of the big clubs have been tracking him. The wonder-kid appeared in the UEFA Youth League last season and his impressive performances attracted the attention of the football fraternity. If he can sustain his development and work sincerely, there is no reason as to why he cannot develop into something special.
If he actually gets into the Premier League, Sissako isn’t expected to be inducted into the senior side of Hughton immediately. The English top flight is known for its animosity and on many occasions, youngsters with dazzling attributes have crumbled due to the pressure and scrutiny. Thus, it will be wise if Hughton lets him adjust to the new life and slowly but surely, help him in taking his developmental process to the next level if the move is indeed completed.