Liverpool have reportedly initiated discussions with Boubakary Soumare and his representatives over a move in the summer transfer window.
According to a report by Spanish publication Sport, Boubakary Soumare has emerged on the radar of Liverpool. The Premier League leaders have opened talks with the representatives of the Lille midfielder, who is also being monitored by Barcelona.
Boubakary Soumare joined LOSC Lille from PSG in the summer of 2017 and has since made steady progress at Stade Pierre Mauroy. However, it is only in the current season that the 21-year-old has truly exploded onto the scene, establishing himself as a regular in Christophe Galtier’s side.
So far this term, Soumare has made 30 appearances across all competitions, impressing with his calmly industrious nature in the middle of the park as well as his passing range. His progress has not gone unnoticed either, with the player being linked with a number of Premier League clubs, the latest of his suitors being Liverpool.
At Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp currently has as many as seven midfielders at his disposal, with young Curtis Jones impressing as well. However, a closer look suggests why the Reds could be keen on bolstering their midfield ranks come the summer transfer window.
Adam Lallana is in the final year of his contract with Liverpool and a renewal is yet to be agreed. Add to it the fact that James Milner is in the twilight of his career as well as the possibility of Naby Keita possibly being sold in the summer, and Klopp will surely need to sign a midfielder in the summer.
Soumare, if signed, could compete with Fabinho for the defensive midfield slot, allowing Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to play with more freedom. As a result, it makes sense that Liverpool are already deep in talks with the 21-year-old’s representatives over a potential summer move.
Soumare is also the subject of interest from Barcelona, but the La Liga champions are simply monitoring the player’s progress. Liverpool, therefore, ought to fancy their chances of snapping Soumare up in the summer transfer window.
The prospect of fighting for trophies on a consistent basis will likely be an appealing factor, as far as Soumare himself is concerned and it remains to be seen if Liverpool can get the Lille midfielder on board at Anfield come the summer window.