Romano says Manchester United turned down late transfer move for Boubacar Kamara

Manchester United turned down a late transfer move for Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara, reports Fabrizio Romano.

Romano told the latest Here We Go podcast: “Manchester United were offered the opportunity to sign Boubacar Kamara in the last days of the window but they turned down this chance because they will invest more money for the new manager. They want to wait and see what’s best.”

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United stance clear

United were linked with a move for Kamara by The Athletic in December. The Red Devils were said to be monitoring his situation.

Kamara is a defensive midfielder who is out of contract in the summer. He could have been available at a knock-down price this summer.

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United’s decision not to move for Kamara has some clear reasoning behind it. The club were reluctant to sign any player, while not knowing who the manager will be in the summer. Any funds spent and wasted in January would mean fewer in the summer.

Even so, it was a gamble not to sign Kamara, just like it would have been a risk to sign him.

And arguably, there is greater risk not moving for him, than there was in buying him for a low-cost fee.

Greater gamble

The downside of not signing Kamara is weak squad depth in defensive midfield. Scott McTominay is inconsistent at the position, while Nemanja Matic is now too old. It is already a weakness for United before taking into account possible injuries.

This could be the difference between winning a trophy and falling short. Between qualifying for next season’s Champions League, and not.

Failing to reach the top four could have dire implications, from Ronaldo wanting to leave, to severe difficulty signing players for the next manager in the summer.

The Mail reported Marseille would have dealt Kamara for just £10 million. This was a small investment to make to bolster the squad.

The 22-year-old is a promising up and coming defensive midfielder who has the potential to develop into one of Europe’s best at the position. And if not, United probably could have flipped him for a profit, like with Dan James.

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Still a chance

Kamara will still be available in the summer, for free. The fact no other club paid up for him does cast some doubt on the claims Marseille were hawking him around, and that he was willing to move this month.

The midfielder will be a free agent in the summer, and if United’s new boss wants him, a deal can still be done.

But if he is a player the new manager wants, then it will seem like a shame United did not act this month to bring him in and let him settle sooner.

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