Leeds United have been linked with a move for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, and some fans are excited at the prospect of the France Under-21 international joining.
TeamTalk editor James Marshment posted the report and said, “Exactly the sort of midfield signing we ought to be looking at… would be a quality addition.”
Only speculation at this stage, but Leeds are being linked with a summer approach for Lille's Boubakary Soumare.
Exactly the level of midfield signing we ought to be looking at….. would be a quality addition.https://t.co/3Vc4DAowXw
— James Marshment (@marshyleeds) February 22, 2021
Soumare was also given the seal of approval by Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
He was asked if there were any legs in the report linking Soumare to Leeds in a recent fan Q&A.
Hay said Soumare is “not a name I’ve heard mentioned specifically but I can see why he would fit.
“He’d cost a fair wedge so Leeds would be committing a large chunk of their budget but over the next couple of months we should start to get a firm idea of how they’re going to attack the summer recruitment.”
One potential problem that one Leeds fan flagged up is that Bielsa is currently suing Lille for £16.5m after being sacked by the French club back in 2017.
Bielsa was in court recently over the case which is likely to be decided in the next few months.
One fan said it was unlikely the club would want to do business with Leeds.
We think that if the price is right, Lille will do business with anyone considering the state of finances in French football at the moment.
Soumare moved to Lille from PSG in 2017 on a free transfer and has since made 98 appearances for the club. He’s under contract until 2022.
He can play in the defensive midfield position as well as further forward which would solve two big problems that Leeds have got. That’s why there are plenty of Leeds fans excited by the prospect of him joining in the summer.
Here are the best reactions from Leeds fans to the Soumare links…
Obviously take links with a pinch of salt but this would be an outstanding piece of business considering age, quality, potential etc. Considering the competition there should be for him, and where he’s currently playing, it would be a real statement #lufc https://t.co/XFgozhidT9
— Müller’s Corner (@mullerscorner_) February 22, 2021
For that amount of money, he'd need to be getting regular football. Maybe utilise him in the Klich role when Phillips is fit to play?
— ¡Premier League, Carajo! 🏆💙💛 (@Josh_T95) February 22, 2021
Realistically (and post Bielsa), we need two top players in every position. Especially if we want to have decent runs in FA Cup, league Cup and potentially at some point European football again.
— Junk Heaven August Tan (@zz9zsa) February 22, 2021
Given Bielsa is suing Lille for €19 million, I don't think they'll be keen to do business with us anytime soon.
— OL (@olimyers1919) February 22, 2021
If Leicester are already in strong I can't see him coming here tbh, thats potential CL football for him next season. Its encouraging though if this is the type of player we're looking at, both the profile and the role in the team he'd play.
— Sam Ender (@samender91) February 22, 2021
Rated at £30 mil but french in desperate need of money, so should be able to get him for him about £15mil…that's how it works isnt it? 🤣
— Tony LUFC 🏆 (@Tonylufc28) February 22, 2021
The guys a baller
— Tapsoba/Jakanjii (@Jakanjii) February 22, 2021
I remember getting excited when we were linked with John Eustace & Gary Hooper!
How far we’ve come 😂
— James Hughes (@Hughesylufc85) February 22, 2021
Would be a class signing but he’d definitely pick Leicester if they’re in for him, just for UCL alone. https://t.co/rF9qbsEtCd
— Jack🪣 (@_jacklufc) February 22, 2021
Yes please. Absolute powerhouse https://t.co/psLvdMNCFU
— Jack (@Jack_T_92) February 22, 2021
Now that would be a statement 🤩 https://t.co/qWYhLblgbP
— Tom McBride 🏆 (@Tom_McBrideLUFC) February 22, 2021
Kalvin is great, but he is on the treatment table far too regularly. Dedicated, quality cover has been an issue for at least 18 months.
— Blenderovski (@blenderovski) February 22, 2021
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