Manchester United leading the race to sign Boubacar Kamara

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Marca have reported that Premier League giants Manchester United are in pole position and leading the race to land Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara in the summer.

Boubacar Kamara is out of contract next summer. The French club were willing to let the defensive-midfielder go in the January transfer window for a transfer fee close to €10 million. But reports suggest that Kamara has already decided to not sign a new contract at the club and move on a free transfer in the summer.

Kamara has made a total of 147 appearances for Marseille since his breakthrough into the first team. This term he has made a total of 24 appearances for Marseille in the league and Europa League. In this time he has recorded one goal in this time. (stats via Transfermarkt)

Atletico Madrid reportedly made a €5 million bid for the midfielder. But the bid was rejected by the club and talks broke down. Reports suggested that Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa were also interested in signing the midfielder. But have now set their sights on Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur.

Premier League clubs like Leeds United and Newcastle United are also scouting the French defensive-midfielder. While reports suggest that Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is keen to sign a new midfielder. He is keen to sign Kamara on a free transfer in the summer.

Is Boubacar Kamara a good midfield option for Manchester United?

Nemanja Matić is currently the only defensive midfielder at the club. On his day still one of the best in the business. But now at 33, it is time that Manchester United started looking for replacements for the Serbian. Scott McTominay has played in the defensive midfield role in the past few games. The Scotland international has done well in that position. But his ability is better suited as a box to box midfielder.

The French midfield general has averaged 1.5 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 0.9 clearances per game in the French top division this term. On top of that, Kamara has also averaged 0.9 key passes. He has maintained a pass accuracy of 89.9% in the league this term. (stats via Whoscored

Kamara also completed 61 passes per game in the league which is an upgrade on Scott McTominay’s 40 passes per game and Fred’s 51. On top of the stats, Kamara has only missed three games through injury in the last three and a half years. 

Kamara is still just 22 and could be the midfield anchor for the squad for years to come. Brining the midfielder in on a free transfer looks like a really smart move. by the United board.

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