Chelsea are scouting Boubakary Soumare ahead of a potential transfer as N’Golo Kante is linked with a move away.
The Blues currently have no intentions of letting the World Cup winner leave but situations can quickly change in football.
The Frenchman will be 30 next season and his contract expires in 2023 and Chelsea may believe that this summer could be the best chance to sell him for a large fee.
Real Madrid were interested in the summer and after failing to land Paul Pogba may revisit that pursuit in the next transfer window.
And according to The Athletic , Chelsea are keeping tabs on Lille star Soumare for a possible move.
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The 20-year-old has had a tremendous campaign in Ligue 1 this season.
It has led to interest in him from the likes of Manchester United, with Sky Sports reporting that talks have been held between clubs.
However, Lille have no intention of letting the France Under-21 international leave this month.
A deal is far more likely in the summer, which could work in Chelsea’s favour.
Boubakary Soumare has been linked with several European clubs
Soumare is seen more of a defensive-minded player while Frank Lampard has hinted that it his attack that he would like to spruce up.
“If we are looking for people to bring in to the areas to win games when you are controlling it, it is scoring goals,” he said.
“It’s clear from what I’m saying we know where we need to strengthen.”
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It comes after Chelsea succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Newcastle at St. James’ Park.
Lampard added: “We know we have problems at the top of the pitch in terms of we don’t get enough goals. If you don’t score you are always liable for a sucker punch and they got it.
“We can’t work any more in training on finishing. You need to have that killer instinct in front of goal. We need to score more goals from front-line areas if we are going to get to where…