“He is somebody that would add a lot of mettle to a club’s midfield,” says French football expert Jonathan Johnson; listen to the Transfer Talk Podcast
By Husmukh Kerai
Last Updated: 17/01/20 9:54pm
Boubakary Soumare will make a decision on his future after January 26
With Boubakary Soumare being chased by both Manchester United and Chelsea in January, ESPN’s French football analyst Jonathan Johnson provides insight into why the Lille midfielder is so sought after.
Soumare is set to decide between signing for either United or Chelsea before the transfer deadline.
Both clubs have held talks over the France Under-21 international but no decision is expected to be made before Lille play Paris-Saint-Germain on January 26.
Speaking to the latest edition of Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk Podcast, Johnson explained just why the 20-year-old has caught the attention of the Premier League duo.
‘Premier League clubs see value in Ligue 1’
“The main reason why Boubakary Soumare is interesting clubs, not just in the Premier League, is that fact that he is performing well in Ligue 1 – traditionally known as somewhere where you can source good, young affordable talent. Players the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea could add value to.
“The thing that helps a lot with Soumare is that he plays in quite an unfashionable position. Defensive midfield is not one of those positions where too many players across Europe stand out, and for this reason he has managed to stand out.
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