Boubacar Kamara is available on a free transfer this summer and the 22-year-old is continuing to show why Manchester United should consider a move.
Last summer we named Kamara on our list of defensive midfielders the club should consider. A report in The Athletic in January then claimed Manchester United were monitoring him.
With his contract at Marseille ticking down, Kamara was offered to United at the end of the transfer window, Fabrizio Romano reported, but United stuck to their guns of deciding not sign anybody, preferring to wait to the summer.
Boubacar Kamara is available on a free
Given that Boubacar Kamara is available on a free, albeit with signing-on fee, agent fees and wage demands, etc, it may work out to have waited for him, if United win the race this summer.
It is unclear however, if Kamara is high on United’s list. A report in The Mail this week claimed Aston Villa have made recent enquiries as they attempt to beat bigger clubs to his signature.
Kamara continues to play a prominent role for Marseille, on the losing side in the Europa Conference League finals this past week against Feyenoord. This was a match where he had to fill in at centre-back. He bounced back in style at the weekend by showing what he can do in midfield.
Dominant weekend performance
Kamara played 90 minutes as Marseille beat Lorient 3-0, and he was dominant in midfield. The complete opposite of Manchester United’s performance at Brighton on Saturday evening.
In helping his side keep a clean sheet in the away win, Kamara touched ball 89 times, and completed 72 of 77 passes (94%).
He also won nine of nine ground duels, a significant statistic on a weekend Scott McTominay won zero of nine contested in United’s defeat to Brighton.
Kamara also won three of four tackles, made one interception, two clearances, won four fouls, and made five ball recoveries. It was an efficient defensive display from an up and coming defensive midfielder.
Kamara ranks in the top 10 this season in Ligue 1 for passes into the final third, and overall touches, showing quality in possession as well as tenacity off the ball.
The youngster’s contract may be running down, but he is clearly determined to give everything this season, right to the end. Whether that is for the team, or for his own ends to secure a move, Kamara is finding a way to motivate himself and that should be commended.
Gamble makes too much sense
Signing Kamara on a free transfer makes too much sense for Manchester United. That’s why it probably won’t happen.
If United go ahead and sign Aurelien Tchouameni, Kalvin Phillips, Edson Alvarez, Joao Palhinha, or any other defensive midfielder, they would cost a lot more. Perhaps they are better. But United could add Kamara on a free transfer as well, and double down.
This is in a position where United were already light before Nemanja Matic decided he was leaving. Having two defensive midfielders may seem greedy, but it’s actually prudent, taking into account injuries, and not wanting to overplay the number one option.
A move for Kamara would be a shrewd one. He’s a top young talent, who at 22, has his best years ahead of him. This is a transfer a smart club will make this summer. We will see if United are clever.