FC Lorient striker Vincent Aboubakar could be making a move to the Premier League this summer, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.
The 22-year-old, currently playing in Brazil for his native Cameroon at the World Cup, has caught the eye of several European clubs including Chelsea and recently promoted Leicester City. The striker featured 35 times in all competitions for his French club last season, scoring 16 goals and providing eight assists to help them finish 8th in Ligue 1, their second best finish since the top flight was renamed. The youngster moved from Valenciennes in the summer of 2013 after making 71 appearances for the French club. His current deal with Lorient expires in 2016.
Aboubakar has 24 caps for Cameroon, and has scored two international goals. He is anticipated to be of the big stars in the future of his nation's football. Aboubakar’s Cameroon opened their World Cup account with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Mexico, although the 22-year-old did not feature.
Leicester City will be looking to add to their squad as they prepare for their first season in the Premier League for 10 years, having been relegated back in 2004. Nigel Pearson has already added defender Matthew Upson and midfielder Marc Albrighton to last season’s Championship title winners.
Chelsea are also looking to revamp their front line after Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba failed to inspire throughout the whole of last season. The return of Romelu Lukaku from his loan spell at Everton will help strengthen their attacking options, along with the much anticipated arrival of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid. Adding the height and strength of Aboubakar, along with his goal scoring ability, could be the perfect back up deal for Jose Mourinho if the Costa transfer fails to materialise.
Lorient are worried about losing their star player from last season and have already brought in a replacement in case Aboubakar leaves, according to L’Equipe. They have signed Benjamin Jeannot from Nancy on a five-year deal. Aboubakar’s decision on his future is expected to made after he returns from the World Cup.
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