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Arsenal 'want Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare after signing Gabriel Magalhaes'

Arsenal 'want Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare'
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A report claims that Arsenal will turn focus to signing midfielder Boubakary Soumare once they have finalised a deal for Lille teammate Gabriel Magalhaes.

Arsenal are reportedly planning a double raid on Lille this summer after turning focus to midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

The Gunners are already on the verge of signing centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes from the French club in a £27m transfer.

Once that deal is finalised, Foot Mercato claims that Arsenal will then go after Gabriel's Lille teammate Soumare, who is into his fourth season at the club.

Soumare is said to have been targeted by Mikel Arteta as an alternative to Thomas Partey after reaching an impasse in talks with Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal and Lille have been in regular talks over the past 18 months, with the North London outfit breaking their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from the Ligue 1 team last year.

Arteta's men begin their 2020-21 campaign next weekend with a Community Shield clash against Liverpool at Wembley.


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