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Chelsea keeping an eye on highly rated young Marseille centre back

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Olympique Marseille having some troubles trying to tie down 16-year-old Boubacar Kamara to a professional contract

Sixteen-year-old Boubacar Kamara of Olympique Marseille has a few big teams taking note of his ability. The young centre back captains the Marseille youth team and recently made his debut for the France under-18 team.

Reports state that Chelsea have joined PSV Eindhoven and Borussia Dortmund in tracking the player who is not tied down to a professional contract. OM have apparently offered a three-year deal, but if Kamara does not sign, he will be free to leave at the end of the season — a situation they would like to avoid having lost highly rated Bilal Boutobba in similar fashion to Sevilla last summer. “Bouba” Kamara seems quite highly rated as well, and new OM Director of Sport, Gunter Jacobs, formerly of KRC Genk, even compared him to a former young star at Genk we all may have heard of, Kalidou Koulibaly.

That said, this move would be one for the future rather than one for immediate impact. Chelsea’s plan for the first team appears to be introduce Andreas Christensen and reintroduce Kamara’s compatriot, Kurt Zouma, into the fold. If rumors are to be believed, Antonio Conte has also added the more experienced Italy international, Alessio Romagnoli, to the transfer shortlist with an eye on the aging central defensive options of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill.

Snapping up hot prospects from around Europe does fit well within Chelsea’s m.o. however, so Kamara’s perhaps a name to keep an eye on in future transfer windows.