Monaco make opening offer for Leicester’s Boubakary Soumaré

AS Monaco have submitted a €15m bid for Leicester City midfielder Boubakary Soumaré (23), but the Premier League club are holding out for a €20m fee, according to Foot Mercato. 

The Principality side have made the former Lille defensive midfielder the priority to replace Aurélien Tchouaméni (22), who departed for Real Madrid earlier this summer. It was initially reported by The Athletic that Monaco were looking to take Soumaré on loan, but that option was ruled out by Leicester. 

Having been rebuffed in their attempts to loan the player, Monaco have now returned with a €12m offer, which would rise to €15 with bonuses. Leicester have rejected this option. Despite struggling for game time in the Premier League last season, the club still hope to receive a €20m fee. A second offer is expected to be made very soon. 

There are competitors for Soumaré’s signature, both in France and abroad. However, these rivals are keen on taking the player on loan, which has already been ruled out by Leicester. Should Monaco agree a fee with Leicester, they will then have to reach an agreement with Soumaré, as personal terms between player and club are yet to be agreed upon. 

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