As per a report from French outlet RMC Sport, Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers have seen a big-money offer for Lille talent Boubakary Soumare rejected.
Soumare, a 20-year-old midfielder, came up through the youth ranks of PSG, before departing the French capital for Ligue 1 rivals Lille two years ago.
And, after working his way into more consistent playing time at the Stade Pierre Mauroy over the seasons since, Soumare subsequently went on to enjoy his finest campaign to date in 2018/19.
All told, the youngster racked up 18 Ligue 1 appearances, as Lille shocked the masses to secure a 2nd-placed finish in the French top-flight.
Soumare, who can act as either a deep-lying midfielder or in a more advanced role, is also a regular at underage level for France.
And the gifted starlet’s impressive displays for both club and country certainly don’t appear to have gone unnoticed.
The early months of this year previously saw Soumare linked with a quartet of Premier League clubs:
Lille intend to retain 20-year-old midfielder Boubakary Soumaré this summer, despite interest from Manchester City & Everton – the player rejected Watford & Newcastle in January – full story https://t.co/MkDDPJTogG
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) April 26, 2019
As per the aforementioned update courtesy of Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport, though, another English outfit have today emerged as a keen suitor of the Lille man’s signature.
The club in question are Nuno Espiritio Santo’s Wolves.
In fact, Bouhafsi goes as far as to suggest that the Midlands side tabled a big-money bid for Soumare.
The offer in question is said to have been worth 40 million Euro.
The player himself, though, knocked back Wolves’ advances, with Soumare reportedly keen to remain at Lille for another season, to continue his development.
Everton, meanwhile, are once again also named as an interested party:
Info @RMCsport : #Wolverhampton a fait une offre de 40M€ pour Boubakary #Soumaré. L’offre a été rejetée par le joueur qui veut disputer la Ldc cette saison avec le #Losc. Everton le surveille aussi de près mais Soumaré souhaite rester à Lille une saison encore sauf énorme offre.
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) July 23, 2019