Real Madrid and Valencia also interested in France U21 international
By Gary Cotterill & Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 06/01/20 6:32pm
Boubakary Soumare has made 23 appearances for Lille in all competitions this term
Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all chasing Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, who is likely to be sold this month, Sky Sports News has been told.
Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Valencia are also said to be interested in the France U21 international, who was signed from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer by Lille’s highly-rated sporting director Luis Campos.
A deal could be done in the next week to 10 days, although Lille would prefer to keep him until after their Ligue 1 home game against PSG on January 26 if they can.
Boubakary Soumare in action against Chelsea
Soumare, who has two-and-a-half years left on his Lille contract, is a box-to-box midfielder in the mould of Paul Pogba and has impressed across 23 appearances in all competitions this season, including six in the Champions League.
He is expected to be the only one of Lille’s promising stars to be sold this month, despite 21-year-old striker Victor Osimhen and 22-year-old centre-back Gabriel also being tracked by top clubs from across Europe.
Sky Sports News has already reported that Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham have been monitoring the development of Osmihen, who has scored just one goal fewer than Kylian Mbappe in the French top flight this season, but will not depart unless Lille receive an eye-watering offer.