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Leicester close to signing Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare for around £23million

Leicester close to signing Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare for around £23m after Everton and Wolves had sniffed around the Ligue 1 winner… and the Foxes are also keen to offer Youri Tielemans a new deal

  • Boubakary Soumare played 32 league games to guide Lille to the Ligue 1 title
  • Leicester are confident they have their man, with the fee around £23million
  • Everton and Wolves have also been interested in the 22-year-old midfielder
  • Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs are leaving after 15.5 years’ combined service
  • Fringe players Hamza Choudhury and Dennis Praet could all be available 
  • Youri Tielemans is also set to be offered a new deal after his FA Cup final winner

Leicester are close to making Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare their first summer signing with a deal even possible this week.

The Foxes are confident they have an agreement with both player and club to complete the transfer ahead of pre-season, with the fee expected to be in the region of £23million.

Leicester were following Soumare for most of last season and knew there was a deal to be done, as the newly crowned French champions need to sell players and Soumare, a France Under-21 international, has only one year left on his contract.

Boubakary Soumare played a key part in Lille’s title-winning side but is set to leave the club

Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs' contracts are both up after years of distinguished service

Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs’ contracts are both up after years of distinguished service

A number of Premier League clubs, including Everton and Wolves, admired Soumare but Leicester have so far always been the 22-year-old’s first choice, despite their failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Boss Brendan Rodgers is targeting further summer signings, with an experienced left-back, a forward and a right-sided attacker on his list of priorities.

The departure of Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs at the end of their contracts has eased Leicester’s wage bill a little, while fringe players Hamza Choudhury, Nampalys Mendy, Daniel Amartey and Dennis Praet could all be available this summer.

Leicester are keen to offer FA Cup final match-winner Youri Tielemans a bumper new deal

Leicester are keen to offer FA Cup final match-winner Youri Tielemans a bumper new deal 

Leicester are also keen to agree a new deal with FA Cup Final hero Youri Tielemans, who has only two more years remaining on his contract and will be offered a substantial pay rise.

Tielemans is highly regarded among Europe’s top clubs but has said he is happy at Leicester and would command a huge transfer fee. The 24-year-old played for Belgium as they opened their Euro 2020 campaign with a 3-0 win over Russia.

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