Opinion: Liverpool can poach unannounced Leicester deal after they won race to sign Patson Daka

Leicester City won the race to sign Patson Daka but with a deal to sign Boubakary Soumare yet to be made official, Liverpool should make a move.

The Reds have admitted defeat as Daka has sealed his move to Leicestershire as part of a deal worth around £23million.

He scored 34 goals and assisted another 12 for RB Salzburg this season and would have been a fantastic signing for the Reds and will surely take the Premier League by storm.

Liverpool can poach Boubakary Soumare

However, Liverpool can hit back at Leicester City by poaching a move to sign Boubakary Soumare from Ligue 1 champions Lille as their deal remains unannounced.

LILLE, FRANCE - DECEMBER 13: Boubakary Soumare of Lille OSC during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and Girondins Bordeaux at Stade Pierre Mauroy on December 13, 2020 in Lille, France.
LILLE, FRANCE – DECEMBER 13: Boubakary Soumare of Lille OSC during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and Girondins Bordeaux at Stade Pierre Mauroy on December 13, 2020 in Lille, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

On June 29th, Fabrizio Romano reported that a deal to sign Soumare was done but despite Leicester being in the front seat to sign the Frenchman for months, they are yet to seal the deal.

Liverpool must use this as an opportunity to poach him as they look to sign a midfielder of their own to replace Georginio Wijnaldum.

Would Soumare suit Liverpool’s style of play?

Yes. Absolutely yes. The Frenchman is a sensational player and I can’t think of a team that wouldn’t benefit from having him in their ranks.

He reminds me of Tanguy Ndombele but lither and blessed with more pace. He’s two inches taller and uses the extra length in his legs to manoeuvre the ball in a way that’s also similar to Paul Pogba.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 17: Leandro Daniel Parades #8 of Paris Saint-Germain challenges Boubakary Soumare #6 of Lille OSC during the French cup match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille OSC at Parc des Princes on March 17, 2021 in Paris, France.
PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 17: Leandro Daniel Parades #8 of Paris Saint-Germain challenges Boubakary Soumare #6 of Lille OSC during the French cup match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille OSC at Parc des Princes on March 17, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)

If Leicester City sign Soumare, they are getting an incredible player and he’s arguably more exciting Daka which is quite impressive, to say the least.

The Foxes have been conducting business that should see them go up another level and if they can avoid capitulating at the end of the season for the third year running, they should finally play in the Champions League again.

Why aren’t Liverpool signing Soumare?

For the life of me, I can figure that one out.

Lille aren’t expecting an enormous fee the way they extracted £72million from Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe. Romano said in May that the ‘final fee will be around €23m [£19.7m]‘.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal scores their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on May 23, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alastair Grant - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal scores their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on May 23, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alastair Grant – Pool/Getty Images)

He’s young, he’s talented, he’s a winner and Liverpool need a new midfielder so it’s confusing why they didn’t make a move of their own.

Unless they did and like Daka, he rejected the Reds in favour of guaranteed game time at the King Power.

If there is even the slightest opportunity for Liverpool to sneak in and steal a move for Soumare, they should absolutely take it.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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