Paper Talk: Man Utd identify perfect star to compliment Bruno Fernandes

Date published: Monday 4th January 2021 8:21 - James Marshment

Boubakary Soumare, Maxence Caqueret

Manchester United are keen to sign a £50m-rated Ligue 1 star, but may be forced to wait until the summer, Southampton want a Leicester winger, while Mauricio Pochettino wants a Tottenham man as his first signing at PSG, according to Monday’s transfer gossip.


Manchester United are reportedly battling AC Milan for Lille star Boubakary Soumare.

The Sun claims United have reignited their interest in the midfielder and see him as an ideal replacement for Paul Pogba.

United will look to offload Pogba in the next two transfer windows and see Soumare as a like-for-like replacement. Indeed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his staff reckon Soumare can help Bruno Fernandes reach another level in the United midfield.

United could make their move as soon as they have a buyer for Pogba. However, Lille would prefer any transfer for the £50m-rated star to be done in the summer, not January.

Soumare, 21, has made 66 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille since signing from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.

The midfielder is on the verge of a senior France call-up. Lille know his value could soar should be make their Euro 2020 squad.

The side are also mounting a Ligue 1 title challenge and are two points clear of PSG at the top.

However, United will look to put a deal in place with Lille before then and could look to get something arranged now.

AC Milan, themselves looking to end a 10-year title wait, are also in the hunt for Soumare too, the report adds.


Mauricio Pochettino will be allowed to shake up PSG’s squad – and that could mean a fresh move for Dele Alli. (Daily Mirror)

Frank Lampard’s future is hanging in the balance with Chelsea searching for a replacement following the Blues’ latest defeat. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have decided against making a move for Isco amid the form of emerging talent Emile Smith Rowe. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham have opened up initial dialogue with Harry Kane over a contract extension. Any new deal would keep him at Spurs for the prime of his career. (The Independent)

The EFL plans to extend rather than curtail its season if it proves impossible to complete it on time. (Daily Telegraph)


Crystal Palace are keeping a close eye on Ciaran Clark’s contract situation at Newcastle. (Daily Telegraph)

Rochdale winger Kwadwo Baah has attracted interest from Bundesliga, Championship and SPL clubs. (Daily Telegraph)

Newcastle are among the teams interested in Hull City youngster Jacob Greaves. (Daily Telegraph)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will begin a major clearout this week by speaking to six fringe players about loan or permanent moves away from Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona presidential candidate Emili Rousaud says Lionel Messi will need to take a wage cut in order to stay at the club. However, he’s confident the side can build around the Argentine. (Daily Mail)

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Juventus will allow Paulo Dybala to leave the club this summer if he doesn’t sign a new contract extension. (Daily Mail)

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has revealed new Brexit regulations have already harmed his transfer plans. (Daily Mail)

Kevin De Bruyne is close to signing a new, five-year contract at Manchester City worth over £300,000 a week. (The Sun)

Patrick Bamford’s impressive form in the Premier League is expected to be rewarded with a lucrative new deal at Leeds. (The Sun)

Leeds have reportedly reignited their interest in Paris Saint-Germain star Julian Draxler and may move this month. (The Sun)

Arsenal, Leeds and Crystal Palace are tracking highly-rated Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Seny Dieng. (The Sun)


Southampton have come forward to register an interest in signing Demarai Gray on a free transfer this summer. (The Sun)

Crystal Palace are leading the chase for exciting Reading midfielder Michael Olise and may move this week. (The Sun)

Inter Milan have offered out-of-favour star Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. (The Sun)

Arsenal are reportedly ready to recall Lucas Torreira from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid as a move to Fiorentina is likely. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are reportedly in talks with Lille over a potential January move for central defender Sven Botman. (Daily Star)

David Alaba has made a decision over his future with Manchester United willing to sign the defender on a £12m-a-year deal. (Daily Star)

Exeter City star Joel Randall is being lined up for a move to Celtic after an impressive breakthrough season. (Daily Record)

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