Manchester United’s successful move for Jadon Sancho has intensified focus on potential deals elsewhere.
One pressing area to look at is defensive midfield, but it is unclear which direction the club will go.
Another to look at is Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara. Let’s delve in…
What is his situation?
Kamara has come through Marseille’s academy and established himself as a key first team player.
Now 21, he has made more than 100 club appearances since making his first team debut in 2016.
Kamara’s contract only runs until 2022, which would enable United to potentially snap him up for a knockdown fee.
How was his season?
Kamara started 35 Ligue 1 games this past season for Marseille as they finished fifth.
Stats from FBRef.com shows he won the eighth highest number of tackles of all players in France (68).
He also recorded the 10th most passes into the final third of all players in France and had the 10th highest number of touches of all players.
Kamara made two assists, and also helped Marseille to an early season 1-0 win over PSG.
What are the positives?
One of the most attractive aspects of signing Kamara is the price, due to his expiring contract.
His agent Bruno Satin told Le Phoceen last month: “With a contract expiring next year, if OM manage to get €20 million or €25 million (for Kamara) it would be, in my opinion, a good deal for a non-international player in his situation.”
Kamara even hinted he was ready for a new challenge, telling: RMC Sport. “I think I’m ready to go anywhere after what I have experienced at OM.”
He added that Champions League qualification could convince him to stay – but Marseille finished fifth.
Kamara quite clearly has outstanding potential, statistically he is among Ligue 1’s most effective players.
At just 21 he is a rough diamond which United could take a chance on, rather than paying five times the amount for Declan Rice.
What are the negatives?
Kamara is just a prospect and he has limited Champions League experience. This past season Marseille lost five games and only won one.
While cheap, a move for Kamara would still be substantial from a wage perspective and could rule out a deal for a better option in a year’s time.
Kamara also ranks low in terms of interception numbers, with his figures just in the 36th percentile among midfield players in Europe’s top five leagues, according to FBRef. By contrast his tackling is in the 83rd percentile.
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