Leicester City close to £20m signing of Lille star Boubakary Soumare

Leicester City close to £20m signing of Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare as Brendan Rodgers looks to boost midfield options with player compared to Manchester City legend Yaya Toure

  • Leicester City are close to confirming the signing of Lille’s Boubakary Soumare 
  • The midfielder would join Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes for £20million this summer
  • The 22-year-old midfielder turned down a £35m move to Newcastle last summer
  • Soumare, who is compared to Yaya Toure, knows Foxes defender Wesley Fofana

Leicester City are closing on the £20million signing of Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

Talks have been ongoing since the turn of the year with the 22-year-old waiting to see what options were available after indicating he wanted to join a club playing Champions League football.

Soumare turned down a £35m move to Newcastle last year and Lille have been willing to accept a lower fee owing to the financial impact of Covid.

Leicester City are closing in on the £20million signing of Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare

Brendan Rodgers is looking to bolster his midfield ahead of the new season starting in August

Leicester’s head of recruitment Lee Congerton has had success identifying talent from France with centre-back Wesley Fofana proving an excellent acquisition from St Etienne. 

Fofana knows Soumare well from the France U21 set-up and is understood to have played a part in convincing him of a move to the King Power Stadium.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has been keen to bolster his midfield and Soumare has been compared with former Manchester City star Yaya Toure in style and physique.

Rodgers also hopes to see Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard join in the coming weeks and is open to adding another winger and cover at full-back.

Soumare is known to Foxes defender Wesley Fofana (above), his France Under-21 team-mate

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