From Spain: Milan make new offer for Lille midfielder and are just €5m off asking price

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are still interested in signing Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare and are closing in on an agreement over a deal, a report claims.

A number of sources have suggest that the Rossoneri’s primary target for the January window is a central defender to bolster the backline, however there has also been speculation that a new midfielder could arrive too, to give head coach Stefano Pioli four top quality holding players.

According to Spanish outlet TF, Soumare continues to be a Milan target after they were heavily linked with him in the summer. After failing to sign him then, Paolo Maldini and co. are trying hard to get a deal over the line for the 21-year-old.

Soumare’s current contract expire in 2022 and although the Ligue 1 club want to renew it, they have serious doubts about his consistency, and therefore a sale in January or next summer is likely.

Lille want €25m from his sale if they are forced to do so, although Milan’s offer at the moment is a loan until the end of the season and then a €20m obligation to buy.

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