Who is Boubacar Kamara? - Ralf Rangnick's prime Man Utd target

Mudeet Arora
Who is Boubacar Kamara?
Who is Boubacar Kamara? / ANP Sport via Getty Images, Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick is reportedly all set to make his first signing for the club in the form of Marseille star Boubacar Kamara.

Everything you need to know regarding Boubacar Kamara

Kamara is a French national, defensive midfielder by position, but can also feature as a centre-back if and when needed, making him a versatile option for teams.

After starting at Marseille's youth academy, Kamara made his debut for the club's senior team at the age of 18. By the team he reached the age of 21, Kamara already has around 96 Ligue 1 appearances, close to 8,000 minutes of first team football already under his belt.

Born on November 23, 1999, Kamara's stats are absolutely incredible and showcases his different abilities in the middle of the park.

In terms of gamestyle, Kamara loves to press and intercept opposition attacks before coming up with decisive passes to open up opposition defences.

For Marseille, Kamara plays in the deepest area of midfield when they are in possession of the ball.

His skill on the ball helps opponents to attack him, but his incredible foot-work and one-twos with his teammates make him uncatchable in the middle of the park.

His trademark is the left to right diagonal long balls, the kind which Manchester United fans have already enjoyed in abudance in the past when Paul Scholes marshalled their midfield.

The France U-21 star ranks in the top 25% for ball winning and ball retention in Europe's top-5 leagues this season. More than that, his work off the ball has attracted some serious plaudits, claiming him to be the real deal.

Boubacar Kamara, Manchester United
Under 23 midfielders in the big five European Leagues / Goal Analysis

Which clubs are interested in Kamara?

There have been strong rumours linking Manchester United with Kamara.

Off late, Barcelona are also said to be looking at the player with keen interest, as claimed by L’Equipe.

Bayern Munich, meanwhile, are trying all kinds of appeasement tactics including their experience of business with Marseille in the past.

Kamara's Marseille contract status

Kamara is contracted with Marseille until the summer of 2022, so it is highly likely that a transfer for the player will take place in January unless the French giants convince him to sign a new deal.