Boubacar Kamara and Warren Bondo: Who are the two midfielders linked to Manchester United?
Manchester United’s clear need to improve the midfield was highlighted last week in the 1-1 draw with Young Boys when the side was rotated.
So it is little surprise to see United linked with signing midfielders in the near future, in fact, it’s what we expect to see.
A couple of fresh names have been linked over the past few days, both of who have contracts expiring at the end of the season.
The Athletic report United are monitoring the situation of Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara.
Meanwhile Le10Sport report United are also keeping tabs on Nancy prospect Warren Bondo.
Here is a look at what we know about both players and how they could fit in at Manchester United.
Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara was one of Ligue 1’s top ranking midfielders last season. He won the eighth highest number of tackles in France, and was 10th for passes played into the final third, per FBRef.com.
Kamara has played more than 140 first team games for Marseille and is only 22-years-old.
He is a defensive midfielder who has nine caps for France’s under-21 side, and is also eligible to play international football for Senegal if he remains uncapped by Les Bleus at senior level.
La Provence reported Kamara turned down moves to Wolves and Newcastle on deadline day, with a view to a bigger move. He is no closer to signing a new deal at Marseille.
United are one of several sides chasing Nancy midfielder Warren Bondo, along with PSG, AC Milan, and Bayern Munich.
Bondo, 18, is a France under-19 international who is also eligible to play for DR Congo.
He has played 11 times in Ligue 2 this season, scoring once for the bottom ranked side.
While Kamara would likely go into United’s first team, Bondo would be more likely to be placed in Manchester United’s under-23 set up at first.
Deals which could appeal to Rangnick
These bargain deals are more likely to appeal to manager Ralf Rangnick than spending £100 million on Declan Rice.
Rangnick has a track record of unearthing young talent at little cost, and during his time at RB Leipzig, he made a particular habit of raiding French sides, signing Dayot Upamecano, Ibrahima Konate and Christopher Nkunku, among others.
Kamara is known to Rangnick as his Marseille side earned a 1-1 draw away to Lokomotiv Moscow earlier this season in the Europa League.
United could hold off on signing the pair until the summer, or try to negotiate in January for a cut-price fee, with selling clubs potentially preferring to get something rather than nothing.
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