Man Utd news: Roma ‘learn United already have Boubacar Kamara transfer deal’ | Soccer | sport

Roma have been told Manchester United have already reached an agreement to sign Marseille star Boubacar Kamara on a free transfer this summer, according to reports. The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford for a few months now. But the Red Devils are not the only team linked with the France international as the end of the campaign draws near.

Manchester United are ready to sign a new midfielder this summer, especially given the current uncertainty surrounding Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic at present.

Pogba is set to leave for free, with Juventus and Real Madrid both showing interest, while Van de Beek and Matic have been linked with removals after both enduring disappointing campaigns.

In January, United were heavily linked with a move for Kamara – who was believed to be admired by caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick behind the scenes.

In the end, however, the 22-year-old stayed at Marseille. Newcastle were also linked but ultimately ended up settling for alternative goals instead, with Eddie Howe’s side ever since getting stronger and stronger.

Roma have now emerged as potential suitors for Kamara, with Jose Mourinho looking to bring in the Frenchman as he eyes a chance of winning the Serie A title next time around.

However, Il Romanista claim the Italian titans have learned United ‘already have an agreement with Kamara’ as the summer transfer window draws closer.

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The publication says that ‘may be true’ but, given nothing has been announced, Roma are still hoping to bring the youngster to the Stadio Olimpico at the end of the campaign.

United would likely be able to blast Mourinho’s squad when it comes to table a salary offer, given their enormous wealth.

But it’s also possible the Red Devils are looking elsewhere, especially as they eye a big-money move for West Ham’s Declan Rice following his fine performances this season.

United signed eight players from Ligue 1 during their Premier League days, not including trialist William Prunier, who enjoyed mixed success along the way.

Edinson Cavani scored 17 goals last season after arriving free from Paris Saint-Germain, but he has struggled this season since Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Hollywood and is set to leave at the end of the season.


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Before him was Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swede sending them back to Carabao Cup and Europa League glory in the days when Mourinho ruled the roost at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial remains on their books, having arrived from Monaco in 2015, but there is a feeling the France international won’t get another chance in a disappointing spell at Sevilla.

United had high hopes for Radamel Falcao when they signed him in 2014 but, with just four goals, the Colombian has never lived up to expectations.

Gabriel Obertan, Eric Djemba-Djemba and Fabien Barthez were all flops – although the latter helped them beat Arsenal to the Premier League title in 2003.

But both Patrice Evra and Gabriel Heinze impressed, with Evra winning five league titles before going on free in 2014.

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Speaking earlier in the season, former United star Luke Chadwick had his say on a potential Kamara transfer.

And he expressed his belief that Kamara was a “promising player” who can help lighten the workload of Fred and Scott McTominay, who remain too inconsistent as a midfield duo.

“He looks like a promising player, really athletic, and fits that mold for the role of a modern defensive midfielder,” he said.

“He is also confident on the ball and can choose a pass.

“Obviously it’s well documented that Man United are looking to strengthen themselves in this position. It’s probably been 18 months now, with the main couple being Fred and Scott McTominay, and while they’ve done a decent job for United, for to level up, you need to strengthen that position, especially just to give options to the new manager in charge.

“It may not be a household name, but United have already shown they can find young players and turn them into world-class players.

“He’s an exciting link, I don’t know if there are other options, but he looks like a good signing for the future, as well as at the moment.”

He then added: “I think if it works it could give the fans some real confidence in the new recruiting policy.

“I know United have stepped up on the recruiting side of things and are looking at doing things slightly differently, also finding these fantastic young players for the future.”

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