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Lille boss responds to Chelsea and Man Utd transfer interest in Boubakary Soumare

Lille boss Christophe Galtier has broken his silence surrounding the transfer rumours around Boubakary Soumare.

Chelsea and Manchester United have taken a strong interest in the midfielder after a fine season in Ligue 1 this campaign.

Both clubs have sent scouts to watch the 20-year-old, who has also attracted attention from Paris St-Germain and Barcelona.

But a move to the Premier League has been heavily touted this month, though Galtier has insisted that he has no knowledge of any negotiations.

“I don’t know. About Bouba Soumare, I don’t know,” he said in the pre-match press conference.

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“No-one’s told me anything about his situation, maybe it won’t. I don’t know.

“He wants to play and fight with the other players to win on Sunday. That’s certain.”

It comes after Blues boss Frank Lampard seemed to indicate that a raid could be explored in the summer.

“I’m aware of him as a player but he’s not on my radar for this window, to be fair.

Boubakary Soumare has had a fine season with Lille
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“We played against them and I know he’s a good player but that’s one that’s not on the immediate radar, albeit he’s a good player. But he’s another club’s player.”

A midfielder has been high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wish list, however, with a number of injuries at Old Trafford.

Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba are currently out and Soumare, a more defensive-minded player, would help solidify the midfield.

Meanwhile, a transfer pursuit over Bruno Fernandes is still ongoing.

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