Real Madrid are reported to be considering moves for Lille trio Gabriel Magalhaes, Boubakary Soumaré and Victor Osimhen, as the club continue to build for the years ahead at the Bernabeu.
Each of the three stars have been instrumental for the Ligue 1 side so far this season, making up the spine of a team that currently sits in fourth place.
They desperately disappointed in Europe, managing just a single point from their Champions League group which included Valencia, Chelsea and Ajax, but their young stars have nonetheless caught the eye with their performances.
Lille trio Gabriel, Boubakary Soumaré & Osimhen all make the front page of MARCA today, with Real Madrid reportedly keen on all of them. pic.twitter.com/BT4eSddMSC— Get French Football News (@GFFN) January 3, 2020
Most interesting is perhaps the interest in defensive midfielder Soumaré, who has been a reported target for Manchester United in the past. Since arriving from the Paris Saint-Germain youth ranks back in 2017, the 20-year-old has gone from strength to strength, and is thought to be seen by Real as a potential long-term replacement for Casemiro, with no natural heir to the Brazilian currently possessed in Madrid.
Central defender Gabriel is said to be another target, having missed just three games in all competitions this season - two of which coming in the opening two matches due to a foot injury.
The 22-year-old has been quietly influential in a reasonably steady defence that had conceded just 16 goals in 18 games prior to a capitulation against Monaco just before the winter break, and could join Brazilian compatriots Casemiro, Eder Militao, Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior at the Bernabeu.
Rounding out the triumvirate is striker Osimhen, who has enjoyed a stellar first season in France with 13 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions. He has been monitored by a host of Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool, however, so his status as chief goalscorer combined with the interest elsewhere means he is likely to be the toughest of the three to pry away.
No concrete approach is said to have been made for any of the players just yet, but for Soumaré, Gabriel and Osimhen, it does seem as if they may have options to consider in the near future.