Boubakary Soumare has turned down the chance to make a move to the Premier League on January transfer deadline day.
The Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, who has been linked with Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United this month, now looks certain to stay put until the summer at least.
As a result of Soumare’s decision, time is quickly running out for clubs across Europe to complete their January transfer business, as they aim to strengthen their squads ahead of the end-of season running.
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In terms of Soumare, the question is will he end up moving to England at some point in the near future?
Below, we take a look at the latest on Soumare’s future, amid links to the aforementioned Premier League clubs.
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.
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…