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Manchester United In Advanced Talks To Sign Ligue 1 Star

James Hilsum

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Manchester United In Advanced Talks To Sign Ligue 1 Star

Manchester United are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Boubacar Kamara from Marseille, according to the Daily Express.

The 22-year-old's impressive displays have also attracted attention from Barcelona, while Newcastle United and Wolves were close to securing his signature in the summer.

Reports from Catalonian media revealed that Barca have fallen behind the Red Devils in striking a deal for the Frenchman, and United could complete the transfer in the first few days of January, making him their first signing of the Ralf Rangnick era.

PA: Boubacar Kamara
PA: Boubacar Kamara

Kamara has established himself as a regular in the Marseille team this season with 15 appearances across all competitions, scoring once in a 4-1 win over Lorient in October.

Central midfield is one of the key areas of focus to strengthen at Old Trafford, with the club currently rotating between the trio of Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic.

United have also been linked with Declan Rice, but West Ham United's demand of £80million for his services is likely to be an immovable obstacle in a potential transfer.

A big selling point in Kamara's favour is that his contract at the Stade Velodrome expires in June 2022, leaving him free to talk to other clubs next month.

PA: Boubacar Kamara
PA: Boubacar Kamara

Kamara further fuelled speculation of an imminent departure from the French club after turning down a two-year contract extension offer in September.

United will have to make do with their existing options in central midfield for now, with the club next scheduled to face Newcastle United on 27th December.

Rangnick's side have seen their last two games against Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion postponed following a Covid outbreak at the club.

Topics: Marseille, Manchester United, Ligue 1, Ralf Rangnick, Premier League

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