Wolves have had a bid of €40million (£35.6m) for Boubakary Soumare rejected by the player’s current club Lille.
RMC Sport reported that Wolves had made an offer to the Ligue 1 club for the 20-year-old but have not been able to tempt him away from the Stade Pierre Mauroy.
According to RMC Sport, Soumare’s preference is to stay with Lille for at least one more season to continue his development.
RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi tweeted that Everton are also watching the player closely, with L’Equipe previously reporting [via Get French Football News] that Manchester City were interested and that Soumare had already said no to approaches from Watford and Newcastle.
The midfielder played 22 times in total for Lille last season, helping them to a second-place finish in Ligue 1 and Champions League qualification.
Soumare plays as either a central or defensive midfielder, with a scout report on Media Referee describing him as “calm and comfortable in possession and quick to pick out the right pass“.
He had an impressive passing success rate of 86.4% last season (via WhoScored), which was a notably better figure than the equivalents posted by Wolves defensive midfielders Ruben Neves (81.2%), Leander Dendoncker (79.4%) and Romain Saiss (77.1%).
The Media Referee scout report also attested to his ability to “drive forward with pace after winning the ball back“, with Soumare averaging 1.1 tackles and 0.4 interceptions per game in 2018/19.
His goal contributions are also inferior to the Wolves defensive midfield trio. Neves scored five last season in 40 appearances (one per eight games), while Dendoncker and Saiss got two goals each in 35 and 42 appearances respectively (one per 17.5 games for Dendoncker, one per 21 games for Saiss).
Soumare’s excellent composure on the ball would have been a fantastic addition to the Wolves midfield if he had ended up at Molineux – he had a better passing average than everyone in Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad last season.
However, with the defensive midfield trio of Neves, Dendoncker and Saiss all outscoring him last season and showing a greater ability to win possession for Wolves, Soumare might not have gotten into the starting line-up for his passing qualities alone.
Still, with Nuno hoping to add more quality and depth to his squad (as reported by The Telegraph) ahead of a season which starts with Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against Crusaders, Soumare could have been a very talented and composed addition to the Molineux ranks if events had played out differently.
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