Who is Boubacar Kamara? The Marseille midfielder wanted by Barcelona and Bayern Munich

Robin Bairner
Who is Boubacar Kamara? The Marseille midfielder wanted by Barcelona and Bayern Munich

French football has always been a hotbed of young talent and in the case of Marseille defensive midfielder Boubacar Kamara, that certainly seems to be the case. 

Despite only being 21 years of age, Kamara has played over 100 senior games for the Ligue 1 giants and now even looks to have outgrown the French club. 

With a contract that is set to expire at the end of next season, some of Europe’s biggest clubs are beginning to circle and consider making a move this summer. 

So just how good is Kamara and where could he move to in the summer?

What position does Boubacar Kamara play in?

Having come through at Marseille as a talented central defender, Kamara has since adapted into a midfield role that tends to see the young talent guard the defensive line and sit deep, in a traditional defensive midfield role. 

However, Kamara has still been used as a fill-in central defender from time to time and could certainly move back into that role in the long-term if Marseille or his next clubs asked it of him.

Who good is Boubacar Kamara?

Followers of Ligue 1 will be well aware who Boubacar Kamara is, with the defender having completed nearly four years in Marseille’s first-team squad.

Others are likely to have heard the name, for it has circulated in dispatches for years now. Manchester United, for example, are one club often linked to the defender.

Kamara is a Marseille boy, born and bred. He was a regular at Stade Velodrome with his mother, Cathy, when he was a child and joined the club’s academy as early as five years old.

He would spend his whole youth career inside OM’s youth system before coming out the other end by debuting in a Coupe de France match. Subsequently, he became the club’s youngest ever European player.

Who is Boubacar Kamara? The Marseille midfielder wanted by Barcelona and Bayern Munich

Who is Boubacar Kamara? The Marseille midfielder wanted by Barcelona and Bayern Munich

His integration to the world of first-team football has been steady, gradually building minutes in the team before becoming a regular over the past couple of seasons.

There was a fear that he might leave the club in the summer of 2019, but he ultimately stayed and helped them to a second-placed finish under Andre Villas-Boas in the aborted campaign that followed.

Now, though, Kamara seems to have achieved just about all he can at his hometown club. Having hit a glass ceiling, there is a sense that this could be time for him to move on.

What clubs are interested in Boubacar Kamara?

After a quiet January transfer window, it seems likely that a number of club’s will test Marseille’s resolve in the summer and place bids for Kamara’s signature. 

Although Manchester United have been strongly linked with Kamara in the past, reports in France suggest that the player’s chief suitors come from elsewhere.

Barcelona are mentioned as holding an interest by L’Equipe. Certainly, the France Under-21 player would correspond to two positions that they could be in the market for: centre-back and holding midfield player.

Barca have lacked pace throughout their team this season, and Kamara would certainly be capable of providing that. Money, however, could be a stumbling block given the Camp Nou side’s tough financial spot. 

OM are not in a strong bargaining position either, but given other clubs are also interested, they possess more leverage than the Catalans.

Are Bayern Munich, then, the favourites? Certainly, the Bavarians have been positioning themselves in a favourable position with Marseille’s hierarchy.

Mickael Cuisance is on loan with the French club currently, while Bayern made a surprise move for Bouna Sarr in the summer. Additionally, the clubs have done business successfully before, with Franck Ribery notably moving for Provence to Bavaria.

Counting against the deal, though, is Bayern’s plethora of midfield options. These could become lighter in the summer, however. Javi Martinez is set to depart at the end of his contract while Marc Roca’s future is unclear after a slow start with the club.

When does Boubacar Kamara’s contract expire?

Kamara’s current contract with Marseille is set to expire in the summer of 2022. 

What is Boubacar Kamara instagram?

Kamara’s Instagram account has 420k followers as of March 2021.

Who is Boubacar Kamara’s girlfriend?

Kamara is married to Coralie Porrovecchio, who he has a young daughter with.