Monaco improve their bid for Leicester midfielder Boubakary Soumare
Monaco have improved their offer for Leicester midfielder Boubakary Soumare after their initial offer of £15million was rejected, as Brendan Rodgers seek to recoup the £23million paid by Leicester last summer.
- France midfielder Boubakary Soumare struggled in his first season at Leicester
- He is now being sued by Monaco, who have already seen a bid rejected
- It was a quiet transfer window for the Foxes, who signed a signing
- Brendan Rodgers didn’t ‘refresh the team’ as much as he would have liked
Monaco have made an improved offer for Leicester midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
The French club made an initial offer of £15m last month but it was rejected by Brendan Rodgers as he hoped to recoup the £23m they spent on the 23-year-old in 2021.
Soumare struggled to establish himself at Leicester last season, playing just 19 league games.
Boubakary Soumare joined Leicester for £23m at the start of last season
It’s been a quiet summer so far for the Foxes which has seen them sign just one signing: former Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies.
They have already lost Kasper Schmeichel, while key players Wesley Fofana and James Maddison have both been linked with removals from the club.
There has been some good news, however, as talismanic striker Jamie Vardy is set to agree a new deal.
Brendan Rodgers has rejected a £15million bid for the midfielder as he wants the fee back
Despite the uncertainty in his dressing room, Brendan Rodgers remained optimistic as he spoke to reporters ahead of Saturday’s clash with Arsenal. He said: “What you learn from experience is that there’s no point in losing your mind.
‘The club has given me so much since I’ve been here and I have huge respect for Khun Top [chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha], his family and the board of directors. I am no less ambitious than any other manager, especially where we have taken the club for the past two years.
“Of course, I want the club to keep growing and improving. There is also a patient element, which unfortunately in modern life can be difficult.
The Leicester boss says he hasn’t ‘refreshed the team’ as much as he would have liked
Rodgers went on to acknowledge his team’s quiet summer, saying: “We’re not on the same level and in the same league as some of the other teams that have the resources, so we always have to be very careful about how this is handled.” As a manager, of course, I would have liked to freshen up the team, but I couldn’t do it.
“There is still a lot of growth in this team. I have seen improvements in the past three and a half years since we worked together, and that is what I will continue to do until my last day here.
“It will always be a time when the club will have to try to move some players around and see what that frees up, there are no guarantees for us at this stage.”