Barcelona and Manchester United reportedly face stiff competition from Real Madrid in the race to sign Boubacar Kamara on a Bosman move in the summer.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Barcelona and Manchester United have been joined by Real Madrid in the race to sign Boubacar Kamara on a free transfer in the summer transfer window. The 22-year-old is in the final year of his contract with Marseille.

Boubacar Kamara has established himself as a key figure for Marseille since his first-team debut for the club half a decade ago. The French utility man has been with the Ligue 1 club for nearly 17 years and has made his mark playing as a defensive midfielder and a centre-back.

To date, the 22-year-old has made featured 145 times for Marseille, chipping in with four goals and five assists in the process. But Kamara has entered the final six months of his contract with Les Phoceens at the turn of the year, with his situation capturing the attention of Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The interest from Manchester United stems from the absence of a natural defensive midfielder in the first-team setup. While Nemanja Matic has been an asset for the Red Devils, he is no longer a viable option to feature regularly, with his advancing years taking a toll on him. With neither Fred nor Scott McTominay a holding midfielder, Kamara is an approachable target.

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Recent reports have even claimed that the Frenchman is in advanced talks to join Manchester United, who will need to fend off competition from Barcelona in his pursuit. Barcelona’s pursuit of the 22-year-old is a direct consequence of Sergio Busquets’s waning form.

The Barcelona captain is in the twilight of his storied career, prompting the Blaugrana to plan his succession. To that end, Kamara is an option worth considering, with recent reports claiming that the Catalan giants are preparing an offer for him. But Barcelona and Manchester United have now been joined by Real Madrid in the race to sign Kamara.

Unlike Barcelona and Manchester United, Real Madrid could utilise Kamara as a centre-back instead of a holding midfielder. While the 22-year-old could be a cover for Casemiro, Los Blancos will likely complete his signing to pave the way for Carlo Ancelotti to have more central defensive options at his disposal.

Kamara’s impending status as a free agent means he will be a highly sought-after figure in the transfer market in the summer. That is why Real Madrid will need to keep their options open. For now, they are simply tracking his situation, with Barcelona and Manchester United likely to vie for his signature along with them.

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