Leicester City’s Boubakary Soumare is awaiting a permanent transfer to stay in the Premier League. This is according to reports.
The supposed destination is Selhurst Park, with the Daily Mail suggesting the Frenchman is a target for Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira. The midfielder is yet to feature for the Foxes as they stumble just one point from their opening three Premier League games, but it looks like Brendan Rodgers could have had a second change in his mindset , after allegedly blocking a £15million move to Monaco due to Soumare’s pre-season performances. The Leicester Mercury said last week that No. 42 is unlikely to be involved on a match day team until his future is resolved.
Palace, who have made a strong start to the 2022/23 campaign, will be looking to continue after an impressive 12th-place finish last year, with central midfield an obvious area to strengthen in both depth and quality. The middle of the park is one of the Foxes’ most congested positions, and with one of the supposed issues around Soumare being his state of mind, the reduced competition for places at the London club could be an attractive draw. .
Leicester academy graduate Jeffrey Schlupp currently occupies a place in midfield, and with club captain Luka Milivojevic seemingly on the decline, Soumare would love his chances of breaking into Vieira’s starting XI. The East Midlands side paid over £20million to bring the former France Under-21 international from Lille, with whom he had just won the Ligue 1 title, but a combination of poor form and personal issues led to his first Premier League season being very disappointing. .
The Foxes are said to have a valuation for the midpoint that they won’t go below, but with revenue dependent on players coming out of the King Power gate, the club could possibly be tempted to cut losses and sell below expectations. . Only time will tell if Soumare has a future at King Power, but for now it looks like the Croydon club are the favorites to clinch his signature.