Leicester is looking to inject the money with a £ 35million summer train for Star Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare … with the Frenchman already drawing the attention of both Manchester clubs and AC Milan
- Boubakary Soumare is enjoying the best season of his career in Lille
- The 22-year-old has played 40 games for the Ligue 1 leaders this season
- Leicester want to add quality when it comes to playing in the Champions League
- The Foxes are seven points ahead of fifth Tottenham and have four games to go
Leicester City reportedly hopes to test Lille’s resolve with a £ 35m bid on star midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
The 22-year-old, who is an impressive ball carrier and comfortably in possession of the ball in a confined space, has been with the pacemakers of Ligue 1 since moving to the B-team from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 and is enjoying his best year so far with Already in This season, 40 men were in all competitions when Christophe Galtier’s men led the multi-year champions PSG by one point with only three games left.
His shape has already caught the attention of Manchester clubs and AC Milan this season. The Sun now reports that the Foxes are poised to up the ante after it was reported in February that Brendan Rodgers would try to take advantage of Soumare’s contract in 2022 to bring the asking price down.
Boubakary Soumare is having its best season so far and is interested by several clubs
Brendan Rodgers is hoping a £ 35m bid will break Ligue 1 leaders Lille’s resolve
Newcastle and West Ham have since chilled their initial interest, but with Rodgers’ side looking to qualify for next season’s Champions League with a seven-point cushion over fifth Tottenham, adding quality and depth to the squad is a must .
Soumare is part of the French team that reached the knockout phase of the U21 European Championship this summer after the group stage in March.
He came on for Rennes teenage sensation Eduardo Camavinga in the 1-0 loss to Denmark before getting off to a start in the 2-0 win over Russia before heading 2-0 after just 19 minutes for Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni -Win again from the bank came through Iceland.
Soumare was also an integral part of Lille’s progress in the Europa League round of 16, where they were eliminated 4-2 overall by newly crowned Dutch champions Ajax.
The 22-year-old has an impressive engine and receives the ball comfortably in a confined space
The youngster showed admirable maturity when he turned down offers to continue in January and head coach Galtier praised Soumare’s demeanor in February, saying: “We talk about him at every transfer window.
“I know he was in demand this winter, but he was very clear to the president that he would like to continue with us.
“The competition, the transfer window and the situation were not always easy for him, but I think he has more clarity in his head.”