Report: AC Milan join Liverpool, Man Utd and Real Madrid in hunt for €60m midfield star

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have joined a host of top European clubs in the race to land Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, according to a report.

Soumare has been a breakthrough star for the Ligue 1 side so far this campaign and has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea all credited with interest by a report in the Daily Mail.

In January, the same outlet reported that he could fetch as much as £50m (€60m) if he were to be sold.

Despite the heavy links last month, the 20-year-old ended up staying with Lille beyond January, but their manager Christophe Galtier left him out of Lille’s squad for the 2-1 loss against Marseille on Sunday.

“There is a situation at the club that I do not comment on,” Galtier told L’Equipe.

“In seasons, there can be tension between a player and his club. We’ll settle this internally and find a solution. Under these conditions, I therefore decided to work on two other options this week.”

The Express are now reporting though that AC Milan have joined Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Spurs in the race to land the defensive midfielder.

Milan could look for an upgrade on Franck Kessie in the summer and to bolster their midfield depth, with Soumare fitting Elliott Management’s preferred profile of a talented young player having made 29 appearances in all competitions this season, including six in the Champions League.

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