Wolves have been eyeing Boubakary Soumare for a bit of a while now, but they are no closer to snapping him up.
It has previously been reported by Foot Mercato that the club had a bid rejected of around £34m in the summer. Now, it is claimed by a different source that they have had another go – but he wants to stay where he is.
L’Equipe (via Sport Witness) allege that Lille have received offers for their midfielder within this window from Spurs, Wolves and Newcastle, to which they are pretty receptive to.
It is said that they are open to the idea of his departure, but due to the player wanting to stay, any club trying to get him is likely to fighting an uphill battle.
The central midfielder recently revealed in an interview with L’Equipe (as referenced within Sport Witness) that he did not anticipate a departure during this window.
He said: “I don’t see myself leaving. I feel good here. I’m learning, we have high goals, like the Champions League. A departure is not on the agenda.”
Do we need Boubakary Soumare?
Yes we do
Not for the money being spoken about
Considering these latest quotes, it seems likely that Wanderers will have to wait until the summer if they are going to make another move – hardly a huge surprise.
Furthermore, even with the squad looking a bit slim, central midfield is not exactly the position where they are weakest. In fact, with Adama Traore in such top form and the lack of striking options, the club seems more likely to stick with their 5-2-3 formation rather than a 5-3-2, which would allow for another central midfielder to play.
At the moment, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho is one of the most solid central midfield partnerships in the division; not one which Nuno Espirito Santo would break lightly – something he would probably have to do to try and get Soumare within the team.
With the departures of Jesus Vallejo and Patrick Cutrone, numbers seem short in the attacking and defensive problems, so that really has to be the priority for the club in this window. Spending £50m or so on a player that would be difficult to fit in straight away could end up being counterproductive for Nuno’s side.