Lille boss refuses to rule out Boubakary Soumare transfer amid Chelsea & Man Utd links


Soumare has been linked with a switch to England (Picture: Getty)

Christophe Galtier refused to be drawn into transfer speculation over the future of Boubakary Soumare ahead of Lille’s clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

Chelsea and Manchester United are reportedly chasing Soumare this month, with the Blues the apparent frontrunners for the 20-year-old.

Lille boss Galtier was asked if the PSG match might be the midfielder’s final game, but insisted he knew nothing of any impending transfer.

‘I don’t know. About Bouba Soumare, I don’t know,’ he said in the pre-match press conference.

‘No-one’s told me anything about his situation, maybe it won’t. I don’t know.

‘He wants to play and fight with the other players to win on Sunday. That’s certain.’

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Blues boss Frank Lampard too was quizzed about Soumare during his press conference on Friday.

Chelsea reportedly have a £150million budget to spend in January, but the club have yet to make a single addition to their senior squad.

Lampard is focusing his efforts on signing a striker before the window closes and insisted the Blues weren’t trying to sign Soumare.

‘I’m aware of him as a player but he’s not on my radar for this window, to be fair,’ he said of Soumare.

‘We played against them [Lille] and I know he’s a good player but that’s one that’s not on the immediate radar, albeit he’s a good player. But he’s another club’s player.’

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