Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur battle Manchester United for Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara
According to Goal (h/t Football.London), Tottenham Hotspur will face off against Manchester United and Southampton to facilitate a move for Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara in the summer transfer window. He is in line to leave Stade Velodrome at the end of this campaign and would undoubtedly be a useful prospect for any of the interested parties.
Kamara has less than six months left on his current contract with the French side and could leave them this summer as a result. Tottenham have expressed their interest in the midfielder, but they are not alone in the race, with Man United and the Saints also keeping tabs on the situation.
The Frenchman has also attracted attention from Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich, adding to the challenges that Spurs would need to overcome to sign him. However, it seems that Atletico are in the lead at this moment as they look to use their competitiveness in La Liga and Champions League to convince the midfielder regarding a summer move.
Who is Boubacar Kamara?
The 22-year-old is a defensive midfielder by trade but is more than capable enough to fill in as a centre-back when needed. Having risen through the youth systems at the Ligue 1 side, he has earned lots of plaudits over the last two years and has become one of the rising stars in a talented Marseille side.
He is a strong presence in defence and an able distributor of the ball when in possession. Kamara provides ample shielding to the centre-backs behind and could be the second brick in Tottenham’s midfield wall alongside Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg if we do end up signing him.
With his talent, It is no wonder why several of the European heavyweights are vying to secure his services. At 22, he still has a long time to go before he enters the prime of his career and with each passing year, his valuation could increase if he continues to develop at this trajectory.
We could definitely use someone like him in our ranks, especially due to the lack of options in midfield. We cannot go an entire season with just Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks, Oliver Skipp and Rodrigo Bentancur in our squad. After all, injuries, suspensions and players getting out of form can quickly derail our campaign in such circumstances- with this campaign a good reminder of that.
Even if Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso return from their loan spells, it would be hard for them to force their way into the side of a manager who let those players leave temporarily midway through this season. And with Conte playing a three-man defensive line, it wouldn’t be wrong to presume that the Frenchman could even be used as a third centre-back if the need arises and if we do end up bringing him in.
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Things would not be easy, with heavy competition for Kamara and Atleti seemingly in pole position right now. The Spanish side trail the Premier League clubs in terms of the financial incentives offered, but they are looking to use their sporting success to make a case.
Hence, we have an added incentive to finish in the top four places on the league table so that we can guarantee Champions League football for our targets. That would make us a much more attractive option, but it remains to be seen whether we can reach that objective or not.