Boubakary Soumare is all set to join Leicester City this transfer window. The player has been a longstanding target for the Foxes, and the deal has been done for a while now. The deal will be officially announced in a few days.
According to renowned Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Leicester will be paying €23 million for his services. The player will be signing a contract until 2026, and the transfer has been given the Here We Go signal by the journalist.
Lille won the Ligue 1 this season, pulling off a fairytale season much like Leicester City did a few years ago. However, the Premier League outfit are a much different team now than they were before. Brendan Rodgers has transformed them into true competitors for the top four, and although they did drop out on the final day, that is not expected to be a factor.
Soumare came through the Paris FC and PSG academies, before joining Rennes in 2017 for a free transfer. He has been a part of the first team ever since and was a vital player this past season. He operates as a defensive midfielder, and will be a great addition for Brendan Rodgers’ team to pair alongside Youri Tielemans.
The addition of the 22-year-old will provide Leicester with some much needed defensive cover. Although the centre-back pairing of Wesley Fofana, Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans has been effective, the presence of a fourth defensive minded player will hugely benefit the Foxes’ chances of finishing in the top four next season.