A bidding war appears to be on the cards for the two Manchester rivals. Both Manchester United and Manchester City are rumoured to be competing to secure the services of Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara.
Le10Sport have reported that Marseille could be forced to sell their valuable asset for around £27.9M (€32M).
The French government announced that no sport will take place until September due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The early finish to Ligue 1 has meant that Marseille have found themselves qualifying for the Champions League. However, Le10Sport report that even with the riches that come with qualification, Marseille will need to sell players to comply with FFP.
Kamara gives them the best chance of recouping the much-needed cash.
So, who is Boubacar Kamara? Still, only at the age of 20, Kamara has been a key part of a Marseille defence. He managed to help keep 11 clean sheets in 24 games when he was available, guiding them to second in the league. Kamara also managed to offer something going forward with one goal and two assists.
Does this mean Manchester City have finally found their replacement for Vincent Kompany? Manchester City have now gone through two transfer windows without replacing their former captain. Injuries have played a part in Manchester City’s struggles this season.
They have often resorted to playing 35-year-old Fernandinho as a makeshift centre back. Kamara would add some needed fresh legs to a City team that need to find a way to keep up with the current 25-point clear leaders Liverpool.
For Ole Gunnar Solskjær the idea may not be to see Kamara play in the centre back position.
It is clear to see that United’s defence has improved since the signings of Harry Maguire and Wan-Bissaka. United have already kept more clean sheets this season (eight) compared to last season (seven).
Interestingly, it could be Kamara’s versatility that Ole might be more interested in. The Frenchman has not played every game a centre back this season.
Out of the 24 games, he started 12 of those playing as a holding midfielder. Could this mean Ole sees him as a replacement for 32-year-old Nemanja Matić?
This could allow Pogba and co to push forward with less defensive responsibilities.
So, with Marseille needing to sell, could the young, versatile Frenchman cause conflict between both sides of the city?