Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have all been linked with a move for Lille star Boubakary Soumare in the January transfer window.
The 20-year-old has impressed in his three seasons in Ligue 1, with the Premier League trio said to be among a host of teams keeping an eye on the young star.
Lille are said to be open to selling the midfielder in January if they can keep him on loan until the end of the season – a similar arrangement to that of Arsenal’s agreement to sign William Saliba from Saint-Etienne in the summer.
So what is the latest on the midfielder’s future? Will he end up moving to England?
Lille chief Gerard Lopez has admitted that Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Boubakary Soumare.
“Soumare? It is true that there are many interested,” Lopez told Canal+. “From Spain, from Italy…
“The interest of Jose Mourinho? I know he likes him very much.
Jose Mourinho celebrates (Image: James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)
“This is not the priority – there are five, six clubs that are interested in him.
“Afterwards, he must also be interested in the club, so we will see.”
Soumare is reportedly valued by Lille at around €40million (£33.9million), and they could allow him to leave in January.
Real Madrid eye Soumare
According to Voix du Nord , Real Madrid are making opening moves to try and convince Soumare to make the switch to La Liga.
Boubakary Soumare during Lille’s clash against Chelsea
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Manchester United, Spurs, Napoli, Valencia and Wolves are all said to be tracking his progress, but if Madrid are to enter the race, that could rule a number of those sides out of the running.
However, Soumare is apparently attracted to a move to the Premier League, but if the paper is to be believed, Lille will be hoping for €50m (£42m) to €60m (£51m) to allow the midfielder to leave.