A name that has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham during the January transfer window is Boubakary Soumare.
The Lille midfielder has impressed in Ligue 1 this season, so much so that he is attracting interest from around Europe as teams look to use the January transfer window in order to add to their squad for the second-half of the season.
Manchester United have also been linked to the 20-year-old, with Lille said to be open to sealing a January deal should they be offered enough money.
The youngster has made 18 league appearances this season, but did see red in his last outing.
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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…