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Manchester City add Lille midfielder to list of candidates to succeed Yaya Touré – report

Amid speculation of either Jean-Michaël Seri (Nice) or Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk) joining Manchester City, a new name has emerged as a possible candidate to succeed Yaya Touré.

Lille’s teenage midfielder Boubakary Soumaré is attracting the interest of Manchester City, Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports, with Blues scouts present last night to watch the youngster feature in Lille’s 1-0 win away at Caen, where he was substituted at half-time.

Soumaré only joined the northern French club from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, looking for first-team opportunities away from the free-spending Parisiens, and is said to have impressed with his energetic, box-to-box performances in Lille’s midfield.

Lille are under serious financial pressure right now and may be forced to sell players, meaning City could acquire the 18-year-old at a reasonable price in January or next summer should they decide to pursue him.

He would be a much cheaper, but also far less experienced option than Seri or Fred, although it is possible that the Blues could invest in his talents on top of either of the more experienced midfielders, and send him out on loan.

At 6’2″, Soumaré is virtually the same height as Yaya Touré, who City will look to replace in the summer when his contract ends. The club are also mindful that despite his performances, Fernandinho is 32 and will not last forever, making the ‘number 6’ role one they must invest wisely in.

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