Aston Villa are set to complete the signing of Boubacar Kamara after the midfielder is said to have decided to join the club this summer.
The 22-year-old will see his current contract with Marseille expire in the coming weeks, thus making him available as a free agent next month.
As per The Athletic, Kamara has decided to join Villa and it’s noted that boss Steven Gerrard played a vital role in convincing him over a move to the club as he intends on making him a pivotal part of his plans moving forward.
That in turn helped Villa beat out competition for Kamara which included Atletico Madrid, and it’s hoped that a deal is quickly agreed and officially announced to make him our second summer signing after announcing a move for Philippe Coutinho last week.
Kamara made 170 appearances for Marseille during his time at the club having come through the youth ranks, while he was recently called up to the France squad for their upcoming UEFA Nations League games.
Coupled with Villa’s need for more of a physical presence and solidity in the heart of the midfield, which has been a major weakness for some time now, the signing of Kamara is a crucial one to address that and provide more of a balance to the side.
Gerrard and key figures in the Villa hierarchy were seen in Marseille watching Kamara in action last month, and so it certainly feels as though he was their top target for the role, and it appears as though we have managed to land our man.
While we await official confirmation, it’s certainly another exciting signal as to how Gerrard intends to stamp his mark on the squad moving forward as this summer is going to be pivotal in how we shape our level of success next season.