Tottenham Hotspur signed Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma

Tottenham confirmed on Friday that midfielder Yves Bissouma had joined the club from Brighton for a reported cost of $25 million ($30 million), becoming manager Antonio Conte’s third acquisition of the summer Window.

Last season, the highly touted Mali international sparkled as Brighton finished ninth in the Premier League for the first time in club history. Bissouma, 25, has signed a four-year contract with the London club, joining fellow newcomers Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster.

Bissouma told Spurs TV, “I’m thrilled to be here, happy to be a Spurs player, and hopefully, we’ll have a fantastic season.”

Spurs will compete in the Champions League next season after finishing fourth in the Premier League, one spot ahead of north London rivals Arsenal.

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A 150 million pound investment has strengthened Conte’s transfer budget from owners ENIC, and the lure of playing in Europe’s elite club tournament has made Tottenham a top draw.

Bissouma said that playing in the Champions League was his “dream.”

He only had a year left on his contract at Brighton, and manager Graham Potter said the transaction was excellent for the club, which could now reinvest in the team.

“This is a fantastic deal for both the club and the player,” Potter remarked.

“During his time with us, Yves has shown his unquestionable skill and been a vital player for us.

“Now he has a new challenge with Tottenham, with the chance to play in the Champions League, and everyone at the club wishes him the best of luck.”