Manchester City were quite persistently linked with highly-rated Lille teenager Boubakary Soumare in January, and following a report on deadline day that a bid was made, comes further evidence from France that City made an approach.
According to an exclusive report by le10sport, Lille rejected a big bid from City for the midfielder in the final days of January’s transfer window. Pep Guardiola’s side offered an initial €12million (£10.5million) with bonuses potentially taking that all the way to €25million (£21.9million).
For a club with financial difficulties, this was a tempting offer for Lille to consider, but they stood firm and rejected it, with the thinking that prices could rise even more in the coming months and the summer window being more conducive to big sales.
Instead, Lille cashed in on Martin Terrier who joined Lyon for €11million (plus €4million in bonuses), turning down bids from City for Soumare and Crystal Palace for Ibrahim Amadou.
It remains to be seen if City will continue their interest and return with a new offer in the summer transfer window.
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