Tottenham and Man Utd start talks with impressive €50m midfield enforcer

Date published: Tuesday 17th December 2019 5:05

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Manchester United and Tottenham are in talks with Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, as per a report in France.

La Voix du Nord via Get Football News France claim that the Premier League duo are in active discussions to sign the 20-year-old next month.

The Ligue 1 side are understood to value the defensive midfielder at between €50m to €60m with his current contract still to run until June 2022.

Napoli, Real Madrid and Valencia are also understood to have held preliminary talks with the France youth international, who has 22 appearances this season.

Apparently Lille are 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.

Last month Jeunes Footeux claimed that Jose Mourinho was set to look to Lille again for reinforcements in his playing squad – with two targets in mind.

 

 

Mourinho snapped up coaches Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos soon after arriving at Spurs – using his good relationship with Lille director Luis Campos.

Striker Victor Osimhen was also reported to be an ideal addition to the frontline, four years on from initial links with Spurs, due to his ability to play either as a central striker or a winger.

While Mourinho was also said to be keen on Soumare, who has also been a key component for third-placed Lille this season as they battle for a European place.

Meanwhile, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to strengthen his squad next month.

As per The Sun, Solskjaer will be handed up a minimum of £250m to spend, with that budget set to rise dramatically amid heightening claims Pogba will be allowed to leave for £150million.

The Daily Mail have claimed United have launched enquiries for both Saul Niguez and Donny van de Beek, but both will not come cheap and Soumare is understood to be an alternative to both of those midfield generals.

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