Jose Mourinho has reportedly been given the green light by Lille to make a move to sign Boubakary Soumare next month.
Last week a number of reports claimed Tottenham Hotspur were interested in the midfielder and now they have been given the go ahead to make their move.
L’Equipe via Sport Witness reports that the Ligue 1 side, who were considering selling the midfielder next summer, are now ready to sanction his sale in January.
Apparently the emergence of former Swansea flop Renato Sanches has convinced Lille to cash in on the midfielder, who they rate in the €50-60million bracket.
Only last week La Voix du Nord via Get Football News France claimed that Spurs and Manchester United were in active discussions to sign the 20-year-old next month.
Napoli, Real Madrid and Valencia are also understood to have held preliminary talks with the France youth international, who has 23 appearances this season.
Lille were said to be content with the possibility of a deal that would see Soumare leave the club in January and then be loaned back until the end of the season, but it now appears they are ready to sell the player, who is under contract until June 2022.
Last month Jeunes Footeux claimed that Spurs Mourinho was set to look to Lille again for reinforcements in his playing squad – with two targets in mind.
After snapping up coaches Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos soon after arriving at Spurs – using his good relationship with Lille director Luis Campos, Mourinho was believed to be chasing two Lille players.
Those two players were striker Victor Osimhen and defensive midfielder Soumare and with Lille’s stance changing expect more news on the France U21 star in January.