United target Boubacar Kamara wants £150,000 per week deal
Manchester United may have been given a boost by Boubacar Kamara’s reported wage demands.
Kamara is running down his contract at Marseille and will become a free agent this summer.
The Athletic have reported United are keeping track of Kamara and like him as a potential signing.
The Sun report Kamara is looking for a contract of £150,000 per week.
This can benefit United because it may rule out West Ham and Leeds, who are both reported to be keen.
Sides like the Hammers can of course offer more first team guarantees than United, as we saw with Youri Tielemans joining Leicester.
But the wages United can offer gives us an edge in this pursuit, if he turns out to be a player the club are determined to sign.
One threat are Newcastle, who are also interested, and their new cash makes them a very viable option for Kamara if interested from the red side of Manchester is slow to materialise.
Its unclear how high Kamara features on United’s list of summer targets, as it is pretty likely the club don’t even know themselves, a situation dictated by the lack of clarity with the manager role.
If they aren’t going to make a move now, then all United can do is make a shortlist of options and keep in touch with them all, before the new manager decides who he wants to sign.
£150,000 per week is a high wage for a 22-year-old, and the limit of what United should pay. Its also substantially less than Jadon Sancho earns, for instance, but more than Donny van de Beek.
If this is a move United go through with, the wages are a trade off with the lack of transfer fee.
Kamara would sign on a free transfer, and as soon as you start moving for free agents, you end up competing over who can offer the highest salary.
United would probably prefer to offer Kamara around £100,000 per week, but considering there is no transfer fee involved, the club are likely to stay open minded. Demanding a premium is reflective of his free agent status.
United can negotiate with him now, as can other clubs, to sign a pre-contract agreement. Its possible United decide to, as a gift for the next manager.
Ralf Rangnick will be staying as consultant after all, and he often raided French football while at RB Leipzig.
Kamara is a young, talented defensive midfielder with more than 100 club appearances to his name already. He may be worth the gamble.
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