Everton are in the hunt to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare but face competition from Manchester City and Leicester, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Man City academy chief Brian Marwood had personally scouted Soumare, 18, and the Toffees are trying to emulate the success that Leicester had in the French transfer market.
It is understood that a potential transfer battle is brewing, especially as Lille may decide to cash in on the France Under-19 international in order to finance other signings to avoid relegation from Ligue 1 this season.
Soumare is said to have been dubbed as the next Paul Pogba due to his strength and mobility.
The midfield colossus, who stands at 6ft 2in, has made just nine appearances across all competitions for Lillle this season but he is still reportedly valued at £20million.
Football Insider verdict
Soumare looks like a decent young talent but there’s little chance that he is worth £20million just yet. Lille are at the bottom of Ligue 1 and are not exactly in a position to negotiate. Teams like Everton, Man City and Leicester can all afford the luxury to wait until the summer before making a move for the teenager, when he may be cheaper as Lille may have been relegated to Ligue 2. Pursuing Soumare is not exactly like how Leicester snapped up N’Golo Kante either. Steve Walsh is looking at a player who is already well known and is very expensive, so it does not compare to the work he did at the King Power Stadium.
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