Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare appears more likely to join AC Milan than Premier League side Newcastle United, a journalist has claimed.
The 21-year-old defensive midfielder has been linked a move to Milan over the past couple of weeks as a potential alternative to Tiemoue Bakayoko, with Chelsea continuing to play hard ball over a deal for the Frenchman.
The idea has gathered more and more steam despite the relatively high costs reported by the media, though there has also been three Premier League teams credited with interest in Newcastle, Manchester United and Arsenal.
English journalist Duncan Castles spoke on The Transfer Window podcast about the situation surrounding Soumare, and his words were transcribed by This Is Futbol.
“There’s been a report [last] week that Newcastle have offered a deal worth €35m for Soumare, so they’ve [allegedly] come back in and tried at around the level they had agreed a fee with Lille for the player in January,” he said.
“I’m told that there has been no new offer from Newcastle in this window. However, Soumare is a strong possibility for AC Milan, who have been discussing a deal with Lille.”