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Manchester United Could Sign This Marseille Defender For Free: Should Ten Hag Bring The 22 Year Old?

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In a recent report, the Express conveyed that Manchester United might bring in Olympique Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara. The fans might expect an overhaul in the first-team squad upon Ten Hag’s arrival and the French defender is being speculated for his services.

The report also states that the Manchester United board has asked Ten Hag to search for bargains, hence apart from Kamara it is very likely for Ten Hag to sign players who’ll have their contracts expire this season.

Kamara’s Decent Run With Marseille

Boubacar Kamara is having a solid campaign at the Orange Velodrome and has established himself as a key player in the French side’s defence. The 22-year-old has contributed one goal over 45 appearances across all competitions.

Although he does not have impressive numbers to show in the offence, he has performed spectacularly in the defence for Marseille this season by averaging 2.3 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 1.1 clearances per 90 minutes across all fronts. He has been extraordinary when distributing the ball from the backline, playing 3.3 long balls per game and making 91.3% of his passes, with 70 average passes per game made in the French top-flight football (stats via whoscored)

Boubacar Kamara of Marseille linked to Manchester United
MARSEILLE, FRANCE – MAY 05: Boubacar Kamara of Olympique Marseille during the UEFA Conference League Semi-Final Leg Two match between Olympique Marseille and Feyenoord at Stade Velodrome on May 5, 2022, in Marseille, France. (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

Is Kamara The Right Fit For Manchester United?

Kamara is a versatile player who can play both in the defensive midfield and the centre-back position. He can time his tackles and looks to retain possession while maintaining his composure. The centre-back is adept at blocking the ball, and has got the accuracy to distribute the ball efficiently from the backline.

The 1.84m tall defender, can pose a significant threat to the opposition’s attack and is a strong force to reckon with in defence.

At 22, Kamara still has his best years ahead of him which makes him a good fit for the Red Devils this summer. The defender will add more tenacity and depth to the squad and will look to provide competition at both in the heart of the backline and the defensive midfield position.

Erik Ten Hag would be wise to go in for Boubacar Kamara as the defender could help the squad in the English top-flight over the coming seasons. Furthermore, the chance to sign a highly-rated 22-year-old for free doesn’t come along too often. Ten Hag should probably make a move to lure Kamara to Old Trafford when the transfer window commences in the summer.

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