According to Sky Sports, Manchester United and Chelsea are battling it out for the signature of Boubakary Soumare.
Arsenal, Real Madrid and Valencia are all said to be out of the running for a player touted as one of Europe’s finest midfield prospects.
Soumare will make a decision on his future after January 26, following Lille’s match against PSG.
He would be an excellent signing for United, and hopefully Bruno Fernandes will be in by then.
Here is a look at three reasons why he should make the move to Old Trafford and reject Chelsea.
Clear first team chance
Soumare would be walking into a clear first team opportunity at Manchester United.
He would be a replacement for Nemanja Matic, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
With United’s injury problems in midfield too, Soumare could step straight in to a starting role if he signs in January.
Chelsea’s midfield situation is more crowded, with Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and Ngolo Kante likely to block a first team role for Soumare.
Soumare could be attracted by the chance to learn from and play alongside Paul Pogba.
Even if just for a few months, should Pogba leave in the summer, the Frenchman could be a factor for Soumare.
He might even be tempted by the prospect of wanting to replace Pogba and really establish himself.
France manager Didier Deschamps will be keeping a close eye on Pogba at Old Trafford ahead of 2020, and Soumare could hope to catch his eye too.
United are bigger
Soumare should want to play for the bigger club. It seems obvious to us, but let’s just do a quick comparison.
United have won 20 English titles compared to Chelsea’s six, 12 FA Cups to their eight, and three European Cups to their one.
Old Trafford is steeped in history and Soumare would play in front of a crowd of 76,000 each week.
Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge is just over half that capacity and frankly, it just isn’t the same.
Soumare should be tempted to try and join the list of Old Trafford legends. Chelsea just don’t have the same glamour.
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