The successful move from Manchester United for Jadon Sancho has increased the focus on potential deals elsewhere.
One important area to look at is defensive midfield, but it’s unclear which direction the club will go.
So we looked at the strengths of potential new signings, with Sporting’s Joao Palhinha and Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni being two players the club should be considering.
Another eye catcher is Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara. Let’s dive into …
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What’s his situation like?
Kamara has graduated from Marseille academy and established himself as a key first-team player.
The 21-year-old has played more than 100 club games since his first-team debut in 2016.
Kamara’s contract only runs until 2022, which would allow United to potentially snag him for an additional fee.
How was his season?
Kamara started in 35 Ligue 1 games for Marseille last season and finished fifth.
Statistics from FBRef.com show that he has won the eighth highest number of tackles of any player in France (68).
He also had the 10th most passes of any player in France in the final third and the 10th highest number of touches of any player.
Kamara provided two assists and helped Marseille to a 1-0 win over PSG earlier in the season.
What are the positives?
One of the most attractive aspects of signing Kamara is the price due to its expiring contract.
His agent Bruno Satin told Le Phoceen last month: “If OM manages to get 20 million euros or 25 million euros (for Kamara) when the contract expires next year, I think that would be a good deal for a non-international Player in his situation. “
Kamara even indicated that he was ready for a new challenge: RMC Sport. “I think I am ready to go anywhere after what I experienced at OM.”
He added that qualifying for the Champions League might convince him to stay – but Marseille finished fifth.
Kamara clearly has outstanding potential, statistically speaking he is one of the most effective players in Ligue 1.
At just 21 years old, he’s a diamond in the rough that United could risk instead of paying five times the amount for Declan Rice.
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What are the negatives?
Kamara is only prospective and has limited Champions League experience. Last season, Marseille lost five games and won only one.
Moving to Kamara would be cheap, but still substantial from a wage standpoint and could rule out a deal for a better option in a year’s time.
Kamara also ranks low in terms of intercepts, with his numbers only in the 36th percentile among midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues, according to FBRef. In contrast, his tackle is in the 83rd percentile.
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