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Sunday's Manchester United transfer talk news roundup: Boubakary Soumare, Amad Diallo, Dayot Upamecano

Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Manchester United on Sunday, January 10.

The January transfer window is now open, with Manchester United continuing to be linked with a host of big names.

The Red Devils have already agreed a deal to sign Amad Traore, and could look to bolster their ranks further to build on an encouraging first half of the season.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings from Old Trafford.

Sunday morning's Manchester United transfer talk news roundup:

Manchester United 'leading race for Boubakary Soumare'

Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe in action with Lille's Boubakary Soumare in Ligue 1 on December 20, 2020© Reuters

Manchester United are reportedly "the favourites" to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

The 21-year-old has been linked with a move away from his French club over the last 12 months, with United, Liverpool and AC Milan all believed to be interested in his services.

Soumare has been a key player for Lille during the 2020-21 campaign, making 21 appearances in all competitions, but the speculation surrounding his future continues to gather pace.

According to Italian journalist Vito Angele, the 20-time English champions are leading the race to sign the Frenchman, potentially at the end of the season.

"He is an important player but I don't think he will be coming to Serie A," Angele told The Italian Football Podcast. "Man Utd are working on him and they are the favourites to sign him right now. Lille are also asking a high price for him which is too much for Milan."

Soumare's existing deal at Stade Pierre-Mauroy is due to expire in June 2022.

Chelsea 'want to sign Dayot Upamecano this summer'

RB Leipzig defencer Dayot Upamecano pictured in October 2019© Reuters

Chelsea are reportedly keen to bring RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano to Stamford Bridge during this summer's transfer window.

The 22-year-old was strongly linked with both Liverpool and Manchester United last year but signed a new deal with his Bundesliga club at the end of July.

The Frenchman's contract is thought to include a release clause in the region of £40m, though, and Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff recently hinted that the defender could soon be on the move.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have now joined the race for Upamecano, although Frank Lampard's side could face competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The report claims that Thiago Silva's age, in addition to the uncertainty surrounding the futures of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori, means that the London club want to sign a new central defender ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.

Upamecano has made 123 appearances for Leipzig since arriving from Red Bull Salzburg in 2017.

More transfer news from Manchester United:

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Inter Milan 'want to sign Jesse Lingard on loan'
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Manchester United, Liverpool 'receive Dayot Upamecano boost'
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Brighton & Hove Albion 'launch £4.5m offer for Moises Caicedo'
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Declan Rice 'not interested in Manchester United move'
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