Aston Villa have got their summer transfer window off to a flying start by announcing the signing of French midfielder Boubacar Kamara.
The Villans are chasing another summer of big investment following Steven Gerrard’s first half-season as manager. They have already tied Philippe Coutinho to a long-term contract after his loan spell from Barcelona.
However, Gerrard is further looking to bolster his midfield, with Kamara a firm target.
And Villa announced the signing of the 22-year-old from Marseille on Monday morning.
The France Under-21 international will join on a five-year contract upon the expiry of his current deal and will bolster Gerrard’s ranks for next term.
The manager told his club’s website: “I am delighted that we have been able to attract one of the most promising young talents in European football.
“We have a very clear plan to make our team stronger and Bouba is an important part of that.”
Kamara made over 150 first-team Marseille appearances after rising through the ranks there.
This term, he made 34 Ligue 1 appearances – including four as captain – as Marseille finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain.
A defensive midfielder by trade, Kamara has also played 69 times at centre-back for Marseille. He has furthermore slotted in at both full-back positions on occasion.
The deal for Kamara comes swiftly after Villa put in a fantastic performance away at Manchester City on Sunday.
They led 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium as the Premier League title race between City and Liverpool came down to the final day.
And despite the eventual 3-2 defeat, they ran City close and the Kamara deal ensures the mood at the club will not fall flat.
Kamara in at Villa as Phillips eyed
Indeed, Gerrard reportedly wants more midfield signings, with Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips a ‘leading target’.
The Telegraph has reported that Gerrard wants the England international in at Villa Park as one of three major signings.
Phillips’ future took a twist on Sunday with Leeds escaping relegation on the final day. His contract runs out in 2024 and it remains unclear if he will sign a new contract.
However, staying in the Premier League will give Leeds more negotiating leverage – and may pose Villa a problem.
Nevertheless, Villa are reportedly willing to pay £50million for Phillips and it remains unclear if this will be enough.
Despite that, Villa have got their summer business off to a flyer with the addition of Kamara.