The upcoming summer will see Leicester City improving their midfield department.
British source report that Leicester City are frontrunners to land Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
The France international joined Lille from Paris Saint-Germain B on a free transfer in July 2017. His contract expires in the summer of 2022.
In 106 appearances for Lille, Soumare has managed to score one goal, and create two goals for his teammates.
The 22-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in France.
Boubakary Soumare has represented France at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, winning 44 caps.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Leicester City.
Brendan Rodgers wants to sign a new midfielder and Soumare is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The report claims that Leicester manager has extensively scouted Soumare and is considering a move for the midfielder.
The Foxes are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The France international will offer the Leicester boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections.
According to the report, “Leicester have jumped ahead of Manchester United and Tottenham in the race for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare. The Daily Star says the Foxes are increasingly confident of securing a £30m summer deal for Soumare, 22, after more than a year tracking his impressive rise. That optimism comes despite strong interest in the Frenchman from Premier League top four rivals Man Utd and Spurs. France Under 21 international Soumare has been dubbed the next Paul Pogba across the channel following his powerful box-to-box displays for Ligue 1 title chasers Lille. But while that has attracted the attention of clubs across Europe, Brendan Rodgers’s Midlands outfit are in pole position to win the transfer scrap for Soumare.”
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The Foxes will have to present a really enticing offer to bring Lille to the negotiating table. Leicester have the resources to tempt them but it will be interesting to see if they are willing to overpay for the player.
Lille are preparing to sell their midfielder should they receive a massive offer for him.
Good signing for Leicester City?
If Boubakary Soumare is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Leicester City.
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
A midfielder of Soumare’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Leicester squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Rodgers’ starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his midfield department.
It will be interesting to see if Leicester can beat their rivals to the midfielder’s signature.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.