Chelsea has been given a huge boost in their pursuit to sign Boubacar Kamara this summer. The 21-year has been a long-term target for the Blues and now they could finally be able to land him.
The London club spent huge last summer. The likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, and Ben Chilwell all joined Stamford Bridge for huge money. And they are gearing up for another big summer transfer window.
It will be manager Thomas Tuchel’s first summer transfer window as Chelsea’s boss. And the club’s hierarchy are ready to give the German coach all the cavalry needed to improve his squad.
But first Chelsea has to confirm their place in next season’s Champions League. They can do that either by winning the competition this season, as they face Real Madrid in the semi-final, or by getting into the top four of the Premier League.
Chelsea’s interest in Kamara
One player who Chelsea have their eyes on for quite some time is Marseille’s, Boubacar Kamara. The defensive midfielder has attracted interest from the Blues since March. And according to Daily Mirror, the club are eyeing a summer move for him.
Kamara has been a rare shining spot in Marseille’s disappointing season so far. The French club lies sixth in Ligue 1. And Kamara has been ever-present this season. He has started 31 out of a possible 34 league games this season, providing two assists from the deep midfield position.
The French international’s contract at Stade Velodrome expires in 2022. This means that Marseille will either have to offer him a new contract this summer or risk losing him for free the summer after. And there is good news for Chelsea as Kamara recently hinted at his desire to leave France for abroad this summer. He said in an interview:
“I’ve been here since I was very small. I’ve never felt this desire to leave. But I think I’m ready to go pretty much anywhere with what I’ve lived at Marsielle.”
Is Kamara a good fit for Chelsea?
Chelsea has two very good defensive midfielders in N’golo Kante and Jorginho at their disposal. But Jorginho is eager to return back to Italy, which will leave a gaping hole in their midfield.
There is still long admiration for West Ham United’s Declan Rice. Former Blues manager Frank Lampard was very eager to bring the Englishman to Stamford Bridge this summer. But Rice would cost a fortune for any club. West Ham manager David Moyes recently said that Rice would cost upwards of £100 million. And that price will surely go up if the Hammers surprisingly qualify for the Champions League for next season.
This is where Kamara can help Chelsea out. Marseille will look to sell him this summer and he will cost way less than Rice. Kamara will not be an automatic starting at Stamford Bridge. But he can be an excellent cover to Kante.
And the Blues have even contacted Kamara’s agent Pini Zahavi regarding a potential transfer. With Liverpool also interested in him, Chelsea needs to act fast to land their man.