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Manchester United target disagreement with the club; dropped from the squad.

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Manchester United have been handed another boost, after making positive additions to the squad in January one of their targets has tensions with his present club.

Manchester United secured the services of Bruno Fernandes this January. The Portuguese playmaker has impressed in his first and has plugged a few holes in the midfield. However, the midfield is still a problem for the Red Devils and will be a priority in the summer. And one of the players being linked is Lille’s Boubakary Soumare. The Frenchman has been on the radar of Europe’s elite clubs this season and is too keen to join them come summer.

Manager admits “tensions” between player and club

Lille manager, Christophe Galtie, has spoken about the apparent disconnect between the player and the club.“There is a situation at the club that I do not comment on,” Galtier told French outlet L’Equipe.

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Boubakary Soumare has been linked with a host of top European clubs like Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea as well as Real Madrid.
Image: Shields Gazette

“In seasons, there can be tension between a player and his club. We’ll settle this internally and find a solution. Under these conditions, I, therefore, decided to work on two other options this week.” 

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Lille has accepted a £45m bid from Newcastle for their young midfielder. However, the 20-year-old regent the advances of the Toon side and expressed his interest in joining a top 6 Premier League club which seems to upset the French side.

Author’s Take

Boubakary Soumare has had an impressive 2019-20 season for Lille. However, the is the first time the former PSG graduate has had more than 1000 minutes on the pitch. And even if he has done well, the numbers are not in line with the narrative surrounding the youngster.

Lille have predominantly used a 4-2-3-1 with Soumare a part of the double pivot deployed by Galtie. The youngster is responsible for conducting the game from the base of midfield. Not only a reliable passer (90% completion rate), Soumare is also a progressive one. One out of every six passes he makes are into the final third of the pitch.

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Source: Football Whispers

With 6.5 recoveries, 1.2 interceptions and around 1.5 tackles per 90, Soumare’s defensive numbers are decent but not elite. What United need is a midfield destroyer and the Lille man is not one. Still 20, Soumare has time on his side. He might be a great pick for a midtable side looking to challenging the elite sides but a £50m asking price might deter a few. Ultimately, Somare is one for the future and a big club will be taking a gamble by parting with considerable resources this summer.

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