Not only have Newcastle United missed out on a deal for long-term target Boubacary Soumare, it looks like Leicester City will sign him for a fraction of the price we were prepared to pay just 18 months ago.
As revealed this afternoon by Rob Dorsett – Sky Sports’ man in the midlands – the Lille midfielder is close to completing a summer move to Leicester for a fee that ‘could rise to £18m’.
Considering it was confirmed that we’d made a £35m bid for the France U21 star in January 2020 – a sudden transfer story that Steve Bruce said was just shy of our club record transfer fee – it’s quite something that Brendan Rodgers looks set to get him for HALF the price we were willing to pay!
Lille, the newly crowned Ligue 1 champions, must be kicking themselves that he ended up turning down a move to Tyneside, with it reported at the time that fellow Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin tried and failed to convince him to sign.
Less than 18 months later, here’s what Sky Sports’ Rob Dorsett has said – confirming the 22-year-old’s move to Leicester is now all but done:
Here’s a reminder of what Bruce had to say about the move that never was back in January last year:
‘We had a bid accepted that would have been near enough a club record but the player didn’t want to come.
“We got past the club but unfortunately the player wanted to stay where he was.
‘We couldn’t get it over the line and that was a big disappointment.’
Considering how good Leicester’s recruitment tends to be, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one that comes back to haunt us in the next few years!