Boubakary Soumare latest: Transfer message for Chelsea over Man United target, Lille’s stance

There are less than two weeks to go in the January transfer window – and Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all being linked with big moves.

One player who has been attracting interest from several Premier League clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United, is Boubakary Soumare.

The Lille midfielder has impressed in France this season, with the Ligue 1 club reportedly open to a January deal should they be offered enough money.

So will he end up moving to England?

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Below, we take a look at the latest on Soumare’s future, amid links to the aforementioned Premier League clubs.

Mourinho’s interest

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
(Image: TF-Images/Getty Images)

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.

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