As announced, Boubakary Soumaré is a new signing for Leicester. The 22-year-old midfielder arrived at King Power from Lille for 20,000,000 euros, and he initialed the cooperation until the summer of 2026. Soumare is another revelation of Lille, with whom he won the title in France last season.
Born in Paris Saint-Germain, he is part of a talented generation that did not get the right opportunity at Princes Park, along with Odsonne Edouard of Celtic, Dan-Axel Zagadou of Dortmund, Moussa Diaby of Leverkusen, as well as Jonathan Ikone and Timothy Weah, with whom he collaborated in Lille.
Lille recognized his talent and moved him to their ranks in the summer of 2017. He helped the club from Pierre Mauroy Stadium to survive in League 1, and was soon rewarded with a new contract. Already in the 2019/20 season, he drew the attention of some of the biggest European clubs, and in the competition year, he was one of the most important players in the team of Christophe Galtier, who climbed to the roof of France.
In the championship season, he made 32 appearances in the championship and another 11 in cups and international competitions. He failed to enter the list of goalscorers. He is excellent in reading the opponent's actions, technically well-skilled, but he is also able to save the ball and start the action of his team.
In Leicester, they hope that he could be the successor of Ngolo Kante and of great help to Youri Tielemans, but also he could replace Wilfred Ndidi.
Daka and Bertrand
Soumare is Leicester's second signing in the summer transfer window, after Patson Daka, for whose services the club's management from King Power Stadium has set aside around 30,000,000 euros.
The team is expected to be strengthened soon by Ryan Bertrand, the former Chelsea defender's contract with Southampton has expired. Cengiz Under left them (he returned to Roma on loan), but also Matty James (Bristol), as well as Christian Fuchs (his contract expired) and Wes Morgan, who ended his professional career.
Leicester had no luck in the previous two seasons, and they lost the Champions League at the last minute. Maybe this season they will succeed in what they set out to do, and considering the money they invested but also the successes from last season, we have no doubt that Leicester will be one of the main favorites to qualify for the Champions League.
Not only the Champions League will be the goal, but also the best possible placement in the Europa League, the cup, and the Premier League.