Transfer: Arsenal fight Chelsea to sign teenage Marseille Defender

Arsenal and Chelsea lock horns for Ligue 1 defender.

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Arsenal are reported to monitor the progression of Marseille wonder-kid Boubacar Kamara but will have to rival Chelsea who also are interested in him.

Kamara, the 17 year old defender is yet to sign a professional contract with Marseille has already attracted attentions from the Premier League big boys. He is regarded as a bright prospect in Ligue 1 but pretty much one for the future. But his attributes has already made the Gunners to keep a tab on him as the Arsenal scouts were overly impressed by him.

He may well be another Frenchman to join Arsenal from Marseille ranks as Mathieu Flamini, Samir Nasri previously have joined Arsenal from the French giants. According to French outlet L’Equipe, the 17 year old is also monitored by Borussia Dortmund and PSG, but he has revealed that he opts a move to the Premier League. And with the history of Arsenal giving young players the opportunities, and the presence of a certain Arsene Wenger at the helm, Gunners are firm favourites to land the French U-18 international.

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Marseille have been looking to tie the exciting teenager before any significant approach arrives, but they will be helpless to prevent any move for Kamara if any lucrative offer comes in near future.

Even if Kamara arrives at the Emirates, it is pretty much no brainer to say that he will be placed at the reserves squad and will continue his development there. Arsenal already have some decent defenders in their kitty, particularly the players like Maitnland-Niles and new signing Rob Holding has strengthened Arsene Wenger’s defensive options this season. With Callum Chambers out on loan at Middlesbrough and doing well, he is expected to come back next season at the club and have a bigger role. So even if any move materializes, Kamara will have to wait to feature in the Arsenal team.

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