Reports by the Sun have claimed Leicester City are readying a £40m package in the hopes of signing LOSC Lille powerhouse Boubakary Soumare this summer.
The King Power Stadium natives are preparing to back Brendan Rodgers in the next transfer market to keep the Foxes boss happy and strengthen his ranks ahead of competing in next season’s Champions League.
Soumare has generated significant interest from England in previous windows through his efforts in France, where the midfielder has been a key aspect of Christophe Galtier plans as Les Dogues contend for the Ligue 1 title.
Lille’s valuation has previously been enough to fend off Premier League suitors courting Soumare, with Newcastle and West Ham both taking a step back from chasing the alleged Manchester United and Tottenham target.
But Leicester are serious about spending big in the off-season and hope that a deal for the 22-year-old can be secured swiftly, with the East Midlands outfit prepared to pay £35m.
The Foxes are also willing to present Soumare with a contract worth around £5m to convince him of a move to England, having snubbed offers to leave Lille in January (The Sun) and turned down Newcastle last year (Shields Gazette).
Leicester splashing out on Soumare would undoubtedly go a long way to showing Rodgers how much faith the club are willing to place in him, while acquiring a powerful enforcer to add depth to his engine room.
Soumare has established a reputation in France and interest from across Europe, with Real Madrid and SSC Napoli previously said to be keeping close tabs on his situation (Goal), and he is certain to be a point of focus again this summer with his current contract expiring in 2022.
His reputation has also been built on glowing praise with Patrick Collot, a former Lille reserve-team boss, telling France Football via quotes by Goal: “He really exudes calmness and a very high level of technical quality for a midfielder, as well as speed and power.”
Adding a talent like Soumare could perfectly supplement the defensive presence of Wilfred Ndidi, forging a potentially impervious wall in front of the Leicester backline that may allow Rodgers to maintain his side’s top-four challenge next term.