Liverpool make contact with Man Utd transfer target after Newcastle make £35m bid

Liverpool have made contact with the representatives of Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles. Express Sport understands Manchester United were interested in signing Soumare in January. Newcastle United were also keen on the player but the Frenchman was not interested in moving to St James’ Park.

Castles says Newcastle have returned with another offer of €40million (£35m) ahead of a potential move in the next window.

Soumare, 21, has been a regular in the Lille side over the last two seasons after joining from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.

Castles believes Lille are open to selling Soumare and says the player could be available for a low price due to the financial difficulties clubs are expected to face following the coronavirus crisis.

“I can tell you that Newcastle United have again made an offer for Soumare for the summer window, whenever that will open,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

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“I’m told that their offer is for €40m, not as high as they offered in January but I think that is going to be something we see throughout this next transfer market, that transfer fees will come down because there is significantly less money in the game of football because of the coronavirus epidemic.

“Basically none of the clubs can tell how much less money they’re going to operate with because they don’t know when they’re going to be playing again and they don’t know what future broadcasting contracts are going to be as a result of the damage the pandemic has caused to the sport.

“I’m also told that of the many other clubs interested in Soumare, Liverpool are one of those clubs.

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“They’ve been watching the player I’m told for two years now and rate him highly, have been in contact with the player’s representatives to do their due diligence.

“Liverpool are probably one of the best clubs in the English transfer market in terms of assessing not just a player’s ability on the field but their qualities as an individual and how they would fit into a squad if they were to sign him.

“No official offer to Lille at this stage I’m told but an interest there and I think he is a player who is an obvious fit to the Premier League and I think he’s one of the players that Lille will look to sell in this window.

“They’re a club that are designed around the transfer market.”

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