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Arsenal linked with French midfielder

Arsenal have been linked with French defensive midfielder Boubacar Kamara, who will be available of on a Bosman-style free transfer at the end of the season.

Kamara is primarily a defensive midfielder – although he an also be deployed as a centre-back – and is a graduate of the Marseille academy system. He hs played for France at every age up to under-21level.

At 21, Kamara fits with the youth project which has now been put in place at the Emirates, with the strategy now to sign young layers with significant growth potential. This now only has lowered the age profile of the squad, but has also helped to reduce the wage structure, with older, better paid players being released or sold.

Although Barcelona and Manchester United are also tracking his progress, the financial problems of the former are well documented, whilst Kamara may consider he has a better chance of first-team football at the Emirates rather than Old Trafford.

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