Rumor has it that Newcastle United will have a second chance at breaking their transfer record this summer after failing to do so last month.
Newcastle United conducted some impressive business in the January transfer window with three quality loan signings in Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose and Valentino Lazaro. The Magpies managed to sign some big name players, but they almost stole European headlines for a fourth deal that was halted by the player in the final days of the transfer window.
It was reported that Newcastle United’s offer to Lille for Boubakary Soumare was accepted by the Ligue 1 outfit, but the player was content at Lille and rejected the move to St. James’ Park in the middle of the season. That decision has led to some problems for the 20-year-old Frenchman.
As a result, a new report claims that the Magpies are prepared to reach out to Soumare once more this summer, but this time they plan to sweeten the deal by doubling his current salary. If that were to happen, Soumare would earn £1.7m per season with the Toon.
Top teams like Liverpool and Manchester United are also interested in the PSG academy product, but Newcastle United seem to be in the driver’s seat at the moment. A few players on the squad, such as Nabil Bentaleb and Allan Saint-Maximin, have spoken very highly of Soumare’s potential.
As a box-to-box midfielder, Soumare is not a player who will score many goals or bag assists on a regular basis. Instead, he utilizes his strength, pace and impressive technical skills to recover the ball, much like Isaac Hayden, but he is also capable of leading attacks before dishing the ball off in the final third for someone who can create a chance for themselves or others in the box.
Opinion Regarding Soumare
Only 20, Soumare has plenty of potential to become a great player, which is why several clubs are after his signature, but he still has a lot to prove and it might take him a while to adapt to English football. Personally speaking, it would be nice to see the club spend big on a quality, proven striker who can ameliorate the club’s current scoring woes instead of a young talent who could flop in the Premier League.
I am not saying that I am against this move, especially since a few players on the team are openly advocating for his transfer, but the Magpies should be cautious and do proper research to avoid another case like Joelinton. A big price tag does not always mean top form and success on the pitch. That being said, Soumare has been in fine form with Lille in Ligue 1 and in European competitions, and if a deal does go through, we as fans can only hope his good form follows him to England.