Villa land Man Utd and Atletico target Boubacar
Aston Villa pulled off one of the best free transfer moves of the summer after beating Atletico Madrid to Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a five-year deal.
The 22-year-old was outstanding for the Ligue 1 runners-up and advanced to the Europa Conference League semi-finals.
This form has earned Kamara rave reviews and a call-up to Didier Deschamps’ French national team, where he will team up with Villa’s Lucas Digne, before completing a move to Villa Park when his current contract expires at the end of this month.
It’s a stunning affair from Villa, who have fought off stiff competition from Manchester United, Newcastle United, Jose Mourinho’s Roma and Spanish giants Atletico to land one of the hottest young prospects in the game. ‘Europe.
Despite being available for free, Villa will need to invest £30million over the next five seasons as Kamara will rake in over £100,000 a week after turning his back on Champions League football with Marseille.
He admitted the chance to work with midfield legend Gerrard was too good to turn down and said: “When I met Steven, Christian [Purslow, chief executive] and John [Lange, sporting director] back home, I knew Aston Villa was for me.
“Their ambition and determination to succeed matches mine. I can’t wait for pre-season to start.”