Marseille legend Eric Di Meco “opened the champagne” when he found out Liverpool and Wolves target Boubacar Kamara wouldn’t be heading to the Premier League on deadline day, speaking to La Provence.
At the risk of raining on L’OM’s parade, Kamara’s aborted summer switch seems to raise as many problems as it solves.
The France U21 international is due to become a free agent in July 2022.
And, with Marseille struggling to agree a new deal, there’s a real chance the club’s prized asset will walk away for free – or for a vastly reduced fee in the January window.
And with even Ligue 1’s biggest and best-supported clubs suffering major financial problems due to a combination of the covid crisis and the collapse of Mediapro’s TV deal, one wonders whether Marseille would have been better off cashing in on Kamara when they had the chance.
Could Boubacar Kamara still end up at Liverpool or Wolves?
According to Le Phoceen, Newcastle made a deadline day bid for the £15 million-rated defender.
As did Wolverhampton Wanderers, as reported by the always-reliable Athletic, while Liverpool were mentioned as another potential destination for a man who said he was “ready” for a fresh start in April.
“The day after transfer deadline day, I saw (Boubacar) hadn’t signed for anyone and I opened the champagne!” says De Meco, a 1993 Champions League winner, as translated by the Shields Gazette.
“Kamara, I see him playing for a big club and becoming really good.
“The way he imposed himself in this team, the personality he has, his ability to come out with the ball cleanly even under pressure, his devotion. He has everything this kid!”
Interest in one of France’s brightest talents is only going to snowball as his price tag falls, particularly at a Newcastle side that has conceded 12 goals in four Premier League games and is crying out for a ball-playing, ball-winning defensive midfielder like Kamara.