The two rivals have been locked into the race for his signature.

But it seems that one has the edge.

Boubakary Soumare is set to join a Premier League club in January, with Chelsea and Manchester United set to battle it out for the Lille midfielder.  The box-to-box midfielder has attracted interest from England and Spain. However, a move is on the cards as Chelsea and Manchester United will go head-to-head for his signature.

Soumare is a box-to-box midfielder who played his part in their run to the second place in Ligue 1 last season and their qualification to the Champions League and he’s particularly flourished this season. Arsenal, Real Madrid and Valencia were all interested in signing Soumare but Chelsea have jumped ahead of the pack, claims SKy Sports.

According to the report, Soumare will decide his fate at the end of the month once Lille have faced Paris Saint Germain in the Ligue 1 on January 26th. He has made 25 appearances in all competitions this season for Lille.  Chelsea have already played against the Frenchman this season when the two clubs faced each other in the Champions League.

With Chelsea’s array of options in the middle of the park, and with Ruben Loftus-Cheek still to return from his Achilles injury, is Soumare a signing the Blues really need at this points? The talented ace has two-and-a-half-years left on his current deal with the French club. 



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