Leicester City could announce their first signing of the summer over the coming days, with Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare said to be on the verge of completing his transfer to the club.
What’s the story?
The Foxes have been heavily linked with the 22-year-old in recent weeks and are now reportedly confident that a deal has been agreed with both the player and club.
According to a major update from the Daily Mail, the King Power Stadium outfit are close to signing the midfielder and they are expected to pay a £23 million fee to secure Soumare’s services after seeing off competition from fellow Premier League sides Wolves and Everton.
Rodgers will be delighted
France’s surprise early exit from the Under-21 European Championship was expected to speed up proceedings and it seems that has been the case as Leicester’s lengthy pursuit looks to be finally drawing to a close.
Soumare was one of Lille’s standout performers last season as they shocked French football, dethroning Paris Saint-Germain as Ligue 1 champions and claiming their first top-flight title in 10 years.
With just one year remaining on Soumare’s contract and Les Dogues needing to sell some players in order to raise funds, Leicester have moved quickly as Brendan Rodgers plans another assault on the top four.
After progressing through the PSG youth academy in his early playing days, the 6 ft 1 powerhouse found his chances in the first-team limited at the Parc des Princes, hence him switching to Lille in 2017.
The highly-rated youngster found a new home in Lille, and the club’s former CEO Marc Ingla couldn’t hide his delight at the announcement of Soumare’s arrival.
“We are very happy with the signing of ‘Bouba’,” revealed Ingla.
“He is a powerful and technical player who can evolve to several positions in the field. His maturity pleased us even if we must not forget that he is only 18 years old.”
This latest revelation regarding Soumare’s potentially imminent arrival at the King Power Stadium will surely have Rodgers feeling delighted.
His addition will give Leicester a different option in the centre of the park and offer him some strength in depth as he attempts to get his team fight on multiple fronts.
It could be a significant signing as the Foxes attempt to return to Europe’s elite cup competition next season.