Manchester City and AS Monaco both made efforts to sign highly-rated Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumaré at a knockdown price on transfer deadline day, La Voix du Nord reports.
The 18-year-old had been tipped to move to the Etihad this month, with figures as high as £35million touted, but considerably less than that, €12million (£10.5million) to be precise, was proposed by the two clubs today.
Neither offer was accepted and Soumaré will continue his development at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, with City scouts sure to keep an eye on his progress.
High-ranking City chief Brian Marwood recently flew over to watch the France under-19 international in action in Lille’s 2-1 defeat to Rennes.
Soumaré has started in only 3 of his 8 Ligue 1 appearances for this season, a sign of how far he has to go, but like so many top clubs, City are attempting to identify and recruit good young players before they become expensive commodities.
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