Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their bid to sign Boubakary Soumare from Lille. Soumare’s manager Christophe Galtier has admitted that there is “tension” between the defensive midfielder and the club, which is why he was left out of Sunday’s crunch clash against Marseille.
The 20-year-old is enjoying a breakout season in the Ligue 1 with a total of 29 appearances, which have helped the French outfit climb up to fourth place in the league.
Express Sport understand that his impressive performances have led to intense interest from a raft of different clubs, including United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
The French ace was so heavily touted for a move during the January trance window that Galtier admitted he didn’t know if he would still have him in his squad for the remainder of the campaign.
The 53-year-old manager, though, decided to omit the youngster from last weekend’s 2-1 loss at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy and replaced him with Jean Emile Onana.
The former Saint-Etienne boss claims he made that decision due to a “situation” which he is confident will be sorted internally.
Galtier told L’Equipe: “There is a situation at the club that I do not comment on.
“In seasons, there can be tension between a player and his club. We’ll settle this internally and find a solution.
“Under these conditions, I therefore decided to work on two other options this week [Cheikh Niasse and Onana].
“I found it interesting what Onana could do.”
United made a significant addition in midfield last month by signing former Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes in a deal that could rise up to £67.7million.
The Red Devils, however, are still keen on brining in someone for the deeper midfield positions ahead of the summer transfer window.