Manchester City have been linked with Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara recently and the Frenchman could be the ideal long-term heir to Fernandinho in Pep Guardiola’s side.
According to Blue Moon, Manchester City and Juventus are interested in the 21-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window.
Kamara was a mainstay at the Stade Vélodrome this season, making 35 appearances in Ligue 1 and averaging an impressive 6.94 rating for his performances from WhoScored.
He started both of Marseille’s defeats against Manchester City this season in the Champions League, which will have allowed Guardiola to get a good look at him, and if the reports claiming the Citizens are interested in him are true, then it seems clear that he liked what he saw.
If he were to make the switch to the Etihad this summer, then he could prove to be the man to replace Fernandinho for the Citizens, as the Brazilian is still yet to officially sign a new contract with the club, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
Although it has been widely reported that the 36-year-old will agree to a one-year extension, it seems likely that next season will be his last in a Manchester City shirt, and therefore, Guardiola will need someone such as Kamara to compete with Rodri in the defensive-midfield role.
Kamara could be ideal as, like Fernandinho, he is more than capable of dropping back into a centre-back role, having played there regularly for Marseille in his career thus far.
The Frenchman scores impressively when it comes to tackles per game (2.5) and pass success rate (86.7%), compared to Fernandinho’s 1.5 tackles and 87.2% pass success rate in the Premier League, which suggests that he could definitely succeed the former Shakhtar Donetsk man at the Etihad this summer, so Txiki Begiristain should definitely consider bringing him in.