Having entered the ultimate yr of his contract on the Amex Stadium, the Seagulls determined to money in on Yves Bissouma, who joined Tottenham on a £25m plus add-ons deal final week. Bissouma performed a significant position for Graham Potter’s aspect as they completed ninth on the desk final season, and his departure has left an enormous void within the squad which Brighton desires to fill with Marshall Munetsi.
Munetsi, 26, joined Reims from Orlando Pirates in 2019 and has gone on to make 75 appearances for the Ligue 1 club. He endured an injury-hit 2021/22 marketing campaign however was influential when match, registering 5 targets and two assists in 24 Ligue 1 appearances.
Whereas the combative Zimbabwean midfielder did signal a brand new take care of the French outfit in Might, it’s understood Reims could be keen to promote him for round £7 million. Ought to Brighton agree a payment for Munetsi with Reims, he would grow to be the club’s second summer time signing following the seize of Paraguay wonderkid Julio Enciso from Membership Libertad.
Brighton should tackle the outlet created by Yves Bissouma’s departure, and whereas it received’t be a simple process given the Mali international’s affect in midfield over the previous couple of seasons, the club is actively scouring the market.
Graham Potter does have some proficient midfielders in his ranks however none of them supply the chunk, tenacity and stability that Bissouma offered. In his eight Premier League appearances in the course of the second half of the final marketing campaign, Moises Caicedo confirmed flashes of his potential to grow to be that player for the Seagulls however he’s too younger to be relied upon.
Can Marshall Munetsi be that player?
Marshall Munetsi has been a strong performer for Reims ever since arriving on the club three years again. The Zimbabwean can function in several central midfield roles together with as a deeper No.6, box-to-box No.8 and a extra superior No.10, while filling in at centre-back when required.
The recently-turned 25-year-old was restricted to only 24 league appearances final season resulting from his stint on the sidelines however he nonetheless managed to make an impression when match along with his performances apparently not going unnoticed by Graham Potter.
Sensible each on and off the ball, Munetsi can provoke assaults from a deeper midfield position. He has the attributes to exchange Bissouma in Potter’s possession-based system on the Amex Stadium. By permitting Pascal Gros, Enock Mwepu and Adam Lallana to play of their pure positions, the Bulawayo-born star can assume a extra central but efficient position.