Lampard drops massive striker hint, £60m midfielder admits he wants to leave ahead of possible Chelsea move, striker hands in transfer request, Leonardo tells Chelsea
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Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare has spoken publicly for the first time since Chelsea’s interest was announced.
The 20-year-old has had an outstanding campaign with fifth-placed Lille in Ligue 1 and is widely regarded as one of the most promising young midfielders in Europe, and his performances have also meant the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea are interested in a possible deal
Soumare was discovered by Lille sporting director Luis Campos, the man who helped unearth the likes of Anthony Martial, Fabinho, James Rodriguez, Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva during his time at Monaco.
It is believed that Chelsea are interested in signing this young man this month, as he is seen as the perfect long-term replacement for the brilliant Ngolo Kante, who has been linked with a shock exit at the end of the season.
However, Soumare has now come out and claimed that he is not moving to England this transfer window, but has also admitted he may leave at the end of the season.
He told L’Equipe: “I want to do a full season, yes. I feel good, my team-mates are helping me. It is not time to leave. I don’t want to leave with regrets.
“Yes, of course [I would like to leave], I have already discussed with the coach. I told him very clearly. I have a very clear idea of where I want to go in my career. I know where I am today. And that suits me.”
PSG chief Leonardo has admitted Chelsea target Edinson Cavani has handed In a transfer request.
There has been so many players linked with Chelsea over the last few months after it emerged that the blues are once again able to sign players this transfer window.
With Oliver giroud on his way out and Michy Batshuayi just seen as am impact player, Frank Lampard is keen to add another striker to help Tammy Abraham out, with Cavani.
Cavani, who turns 33 in February, joined PSG from Napoli in 2013 for £55m and has scored 195 goals in 269 appearances.
But Cavani’s contract expires at the end of the season and with no new deal on the horizon, the Uruguayan striker wants to leave during the January transfer window.
And now Leonardo has come out and admitted that the experienced striker has actually handed in a transfer request.
Speaking after PSG’s French Cup win at Lorient on Sunday, Leonardo said: “We’ve always said the same thing. We were hoping he would stay with the club, but today (Sunday) he asked to leave.
“We’re studying the situation. We’ve had a proposal from Atletico Madrid, but that proposal was not commensurate with the player’s value
Look, CHELSEA have been linked with so many players over the past few weeks that we are all starting to forget just whom the club are actually keen on, but one thing is for certain, and that is Lampard needs to spend some money in order to get this side improving.
Frank Lampard has admitted a deal for Edinson Cavani could be on the agenda this month.
Lampard has see. His Chelsea side exceed all expectations this season so far, despite the fact he could not sign any players during the summer transfer window.
But with Chelsea now able to sign players this transfer window, there has been talk of a move for Cavani.
The 32-year-old Uruguayan’s contract expires at the end of the season but he has told the French champions he wants to leave this month, having made only four starts in Ligue 1 this term.
And Lampard has dropped a hint about a possible deal, Telling sky sports:”I think long term in January is very difficult so short term is something we would look at,”
“I think there are issues that are pressing for us to finish where we want to get to. Short term is something we are looking at.
“He’s (Cavani) a great player – I played against him and I always loved his mentality and his attitude. His goal-scoring record speaks for itself. I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see.
“He’s an experienced player but so are many other players out there! We are young as a squad so the idea of bringing in experience is not something I’m looking away from. Sometimes the younger players need a bit of help.”
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