Revealed: Man City bid £22m for Ligue 1 sensation in January

first_imgManchester City lodged a late bid worth as much as £22m for Lille’s teen star Boubakary Soumaré.According to reports in France, the Premier League’s runaway leaders made a late offer to land the midfielder, who was also the subject of interest from Monaco.But Lille managed to keep hold of 18-year-old Soumare, although they are bracing themselves for more incoming bids when the summer window opens.The Frenchman has impressed during his breakthrough season as a first-team player and has appeared eight times in Ligue 1 so far.His form is said to have caught the eye of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who is on the lookout for more options in the defensive midfield area.And French outlet Le10Sport claim City offered around £10.5m up front with another £11.5m in performance related add-ons.But should Soumare continue his progress this season, that fee could well be higher this summer. Boubakary Soumare in action for Lille 1last_img

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