Boost for Arsenal as midfield target free to leave French side

Lille President, Gérard Lopez has opened the door for Arsenal target, Boubakary Soumare to leave the club this summer.

Arsenal and the French side have been doing business for years now. The Gunners signed Gervinho from them some years back and they have signed Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Magalhaes over the past two summers.

The Gunners are looking to land a midfielder before this summer transfer window closes and Soumare has emerged as one of their targets (The Metro).

The young Frenchman has been a major part of the club’s recent success and he has attracted the attention of several top European sides.

Arsenal wants to sign Thomas Partey for their midfield, but a deal to bring the Ghanaian to the Emirates is proving too tough to pull off.

They have now turned their attention to their other targets including the French midfielder.

Lopez was speaking about the players that will be allowed to leave his team this summer and claimed that if the French midfielder wanted to leave, he will be allowed to.

He told Telefoot via But Football Club: “I’m going to sit down with some players and their entourage this week. We had offers for Sanches, Araujo, which we turned down. You have to sit down with the players and talk about it.”

“Apart from Boubakary (Soumaré), whom I love, but since we play only two in the middle, he needs patience. The door is open if he wants to leave, but for others he has to talk. On Bouba, there were important offers from clubs he didn’t want to go to. There are three parts and everyone has to agree.”

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  1. There is a great midfielder for us to get. Santi Cazorla. Look at the two goals he scored for his ne team in the middle east. Brought tears to my eyes. He is better than any of our midfield donkeys……..still.

  2. Lille president would be happy to let Soumare go for £43 mil. I would be happy to let xjaka go for £43 mil. Lets be honest here, are we on a serious transfer media outlet or on that old tv programme the COMEDIANS

  3. Huge number for a player who made few senior debuts in Lille. He seems talented, I admit. Can’t they take Matteo for him. 😁

    1. Ba, far too much money for a player, who is a prospect only, based on the minimal number of games he has played for Lille.
      Amadou Diawara from Roma is a far better option as DM, to play with, not instead of Thomas Partey the box to box midfielder.
      The Thomas Partey transfer will go down to the wire, because Atletico Madrid will only accept the €50 million buy out, AM wants him to re sign, Partey himself has agreed personal terms with Arsenal and has public stated that he will be playing for AM or Arsenal next season.
      The ball is in Arsenal’s court.

  4. A player that is not assured of starting at Lille is what we should take? No for me we need player that will walk into our team immediately

  5. So we can’t afford to buy partey for 44 mil, and are instead going for one for 43? If he was a genuinely cheaper option then why not. But one million?

  6. Top quality player Soumare is, driving box to box energy player, this is the player we need, only 21 as well, would really compliment Partey or another Defensive mid,if we could afford him, no hesitation ,imagine him with one of the others,shielding Aour and defence.

  7. He’s obviously good enough to play for the Arsenal, but 43m?, that’s crazy money for him, 20m at best is enough. He’s miles ahead of Diawara in that md role even at box to box.
    Partey all the way for me. Soumare should continue his development, maybe in a season or two we’ll come pluck him up when he’s ripe for the plucking.
    I don’t rate Diawara and for a club like Arsenal, he’s a joke.

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