Leeds United are targeting midfielders this summer and reports have already linked the club to a high-profile transfer.
Marcelo Bielsa has built a squad very much at home in the Premier League this season, happy with what he’s contending with at the moment.
Injuries have forced his hand when it’s come to squad depth, but under-23 players and versatility have plugged such gaps well.
The summer is approaching for Leeds and plans are clearly already taking shape at Elland Road for potential targets.
With cover for Kalvin Phillips incredibly short, reports from Football Insider are claiming Leeds are targeting Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumaré.
There were emerging claims that due to financial constraints, Lille could be forced into selling the midfielder for as little as £22.5million.
A France under-21 international, Soumaré has been a regular starter for Lille, playing almost always in defensive midfield.
Leeds need cover for both Phillips’ position as well as towards Mateusz Klich’s ‘number eight’ role, so having a player that can do both would be beneficial to Bielsa.
In fact, Bielsa will know a lot about the youngster considering that he handed him his professional debut back in 2017 when Lille beat FC Metz 3-0 in Ligue 1.
This is the sort of link that needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, obviously, but it stands to reason.
Soumaré is a player that our budget might be able to stretch to and he fits the bill perfectly.
A player who can not only replicate the quality of Phillips and Klich, but potentially provide a long-term investment for either of those positions.
£20million+ is a lot of money for one player when we’d only be one season into our Premier League stay, but the ambition is there and you wouldn’t put it past Andrea Radrizzani.