Transfer Talk: Rangnick closing in on first Red Devils signing
Ralf Rangnick is close to making Boubacar Kamara his first signing as Manchester United boss.
The Marseille midfielder, 22, is a man in demand having been linked with various clubs around Europe in recent weeks.
El Nacional were first to report the Red Devils’ interest in Kamara last week and talk has intensified further since with FourFourTwo now suggesting an agreement is at an "advanced" stage.
Already an instrumental figure for his current club, Kamara has even taken the captain’s armband on several occasions this term.
He can operate in both a two and three-man midfield and is already approaching 150 senior appearances for Les Phoceens.
Following a summer where the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane all arrived at Old Trafford, United are expected to have a much less extravagant January.
With the fee reported to only be around the £10million mark, the Frenchman would represent a shrewd, low-cost addition and offer Rangnick more depth in the centre of the park.
The German boss, 63, has developed a fine reputation for aiding the development of young talents and will be relishing the opportunity to work with the France youth international.
Kamara is only available at such a low cost due to his five-year contract expiring this summer with Marseille understandably reluctant to lose him on a free.
Juventus and Barcelona have also been monitoring the situation, with the likes of Newcastle and Aston Villa previously linked too.
However, it seems the Red Devils have won the race for one of the continent’s emerging defensive midfield talents.
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Media in the player's homeland say that a deal with the Bees was virtually done before the French club swooped in to outbid them.