Monaco are launching a £15m bid to bring Leicester midfielder Boubakary Soumare back to Ligue 1… and the Foxes are open to selling the Frenchman as Brendan Rodgers looks to generate funds to refresh his squad
- Boubakary Soumare joined Leicester from Lille for £23million last summer
- He had a difficult first season at the club last season as he struggled to settle in
- Monaco are now looking to bring him back to France and have made a £15million bid
- Brendan Rodgers is open to moving on with Soumare in the current transfer window
- Rodgers is keen to generate funds to reinvest in his roster this summer
Monaco have made a £15million bid Boubakary Soumare Leicester are looking to recoup more of the £23million they spent on the disgraced midfielder.
Soumare only joined Leicester last summer, but – when sports mail reported in May – boss Brendan Rodgers is willing to allow him to leave to generate funds to refresh his roster. Leicester are the only ones First League Club have yet to make a commitment this summer.
Soumare shone as Lille won league 1 Title 2020-21 but the midfielder struggled to adjust to life in England, only starting 18 games last season.
Boubakary Soumare struggled under Brendan Rodgers in his first season at Leicester last season
Monaco have now made a £15m bid to bring the France midfielder back to Ligue 1
However, his shares remain high in France, where Monaco are looking to make him the replacement for Aurelien Tchouameni, who joined Real Madrid earlier in the £68million window.
As well as Soumare, there are a number of fringe players available at Leicester this summer but the Foxes are yet to move them on.
Jannik Vestergaard – another newcomer from last summer – makes this list alongside Ayoze Perez, Hamza Choudhury and Caglar Soyuncu.
Leicester are ready to sack a number of players this summer, including Caglar Soyuncu
Rodgers has previously said he’s looking to sign five or six players this summer
Rodgers said in the spring he was looking for five or six new players. When asked about Leicester’s business last weekend, he said: “I want to improve the squad, I want to develop the squad, I said that in the middle of last year, but when it’s difficult financially I really respect the club so I do not go to war with them.
‘It’s unfortunate. We have to work some and if we can do that then hopefully we can influence the squad because if we want to play somewhere close to where we’ve been then we have to be able to do that. If not, then it’s a different expectation.’
Meanwhile, captain Kasper Schmeichel returned to training this week. The Dane was allowed to miss the club’s pre-season training camp in France after playing for Denmark in the Nations League in June.