From England: Chelsea join Milan in race for Lille star as alternative to €88m target

By Oliver Fisher -

Chelsea have joined the running to land AC Milan target Boubakary Soumare from Lille in January, a report from England claims.

Soumare was one of the names that emerged as a potential alternative to Tiemoue Bakayoko during the summer window, with Calciomercato.com even reporting that the Rossoneri offered a paid loan of €10million with and option to buy at €25m, a formula similar to the Tonali one, but it was refused.

Calciomercato.it also reported that Milan are still closely watching how Soumare’s situation evolves. His contract expires on on 30 June 2022, meaning Lille will be getting a bit nervous about losing such a prized young asset at a cheap price with the Rossoneri ready to pounce.

According to Football.London (via F365), Chelsea are also keen on signing Soumare however as they view him as an alternative to West Ham United’s Declan Rice, a summer target they were unable to sign.

The Blues are not optimistic about signing the €88m-rated (£80m) England international as the Hammers have put up a wall which is proving hard to break down, so Soumare is an alternative, but Napoli, Inter and Milan are also said to be keen.

 

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