Chelsea enter the battle to sign 20-year-old Ligue 1 rising star

Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare is reportedly ready for a move to the Premier League and favours joining Blues over Man United this winter. U21 France international has had a fantastic season with fifth-placed Lille in Ligue 1 and is widely regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in Europe.

Boubakary was discovered by the Les Dogues sporting director Luis Campos, the man who helped unearth the likes of Martial, Fabinho, James, Mbappe and Bernardo during his time at Monaco. It’s understood Gunners and Real Madrid have both dropped their interest in Soumare, making it a two-horse race for the midfielder this January.

The 20-year-old midfielder will join one of either London club or Red Devils before the transfer deadline on January 31. While the French midfielder has been ‘tempted’ by Man United, it’s claimed he’s ‘leaning towards’ choosing a move to Stamford Bridge.

Both teams are prepared to meet Lille’s £40m asking price for the midfielder, and it’s now up to the star to decide his future. Red Devils have prioritised a move for Sporting playmaker Bruno Fernandes this winter, and the 25-year-old attacker has reportedly agreed on terms with Man United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been desperate to bolster his options in the midfielder, with McTominay and Pogba both out injured, but the Norwegian boss will have to wait for Bruno’s arrival. Sporting manager Silas is adamant that Bruno will feature in their derby clash with Benfica and the club are in no rush to reach a deal with the Red Devils.