Manchester United sent a senior scout to Molineux to watch Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Premier League clash with Brighton on Saturday.
Bruno Lage’s Wolves lost 3-0 to Brighton and were a pale imitation of their usual selves at the weekend. Alexis Mac Allister’s penalty handed the visitors an advantage in the first half, before Leandro Trossard and Yves Bissouma got in on the act too.
And midfielder Bissouma is a player that both Man Utd and Aston Villa have been linked with ahead of the opening of the summer transfer window. BirminghamLive understands a senior United scout was present at Molineux for the meeting with Brighton and there were a few targets on the pitch.
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Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves was also on show at the weekend as he made an unlikely start for Lage’s side after recovering from injury. The Portuguese was drafted straight back into Wolves’ starting line-up to face Brighton after six weeks on the sidelines due to a knee injury sustained in the 3-2 defeat to Leeds United on March 18.
But his return to the starting XI failed to enthuse a Wolves side who have now lost all three of their last Premier League games. Brighton’s Bissouma helped nullify Neves’ control on the game and United would have been impressed by his performance.
The Mali international is a top target for Villa this month as reports suggest Steven Gerrard will revisit a move to bring him to the club. Bissouma will enter the final 12 months of his Brighton contract at the end of the season and could be available for a cut-price fee in the coming months.
Villa and United will be in the market to bolster their midfield options this summer, and the Red Devils have been credited with an interest in Neves, Bissouma, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips. Though, they will face strong competition if they pursue a move for Bissouma after Villa have already done their groundwork on the player.
Brighton rejected a bid for their star man in January as Villa tried and failed to add more quality to Gerrard’s ranks following the buys of Philippe Coutinho (loan), Lucas Digne, Calum Chambers and Robin Olsen. It is expected that Brighton will decrease their asking price for Bissouma after reportedly holding out for an offer north of £40million a few months ago.