Everton locate Gabriel alternative but face intense competition

Everton is pondering over a move for Marseille centre back Boubacar Kamara.

Everton has gone on from favourites to sign LOSC Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes to completely missing out on him as Napoli is now likely to sign him. The Toffees had been following Gabriel for a long time and news also emerged that the Brazilian had already undergone a medical at Finch Farm before the suspension of football across Europe.

The club hierarchy had agreed to a deal of £22 million but after the forced halt, Everton wanted to renegotiate the terms. This wasn’t acceptable to Lille and the deal in principle collapsed giving an opening to other clubs to contest for the player’s signature. Apart from Everton Tottenham Hotspur, Napoli and Arsenal were in the race but it now looks like the Gli Azzurri will come out as the victors.

This means that the Merseysiders had to evaluate other options and have located the alternative in Boubacar Kamara of Marseille, according to Le10Sport. Carlo Ancelotti has another player on his mind, the French-Senegalese. He is one of the top emerging defenders in Europe and has really impressed in the last couple of seasons. In fact, he has become an integral part of the Marseille defence propelling them to Champions League football this season.

To become trusted personnel at such a young age is an indication of the potential Kamara has. To fulfil this potential, he will have to consider moving out of Ligue 1. Premier League is the most competitive league in the world which will aid massively in the metamorphosis of the 20 year old and Everton can provide him with the chance.

Boubacar Kamara can also slot into a defensive midfield position giving Carlo Ancelotti a lot of options. At 20, you can bet that his ability to regain the match fitness is a lot quicker than players like Fabian Delph. So the Marseille centre back cum defensive midfielder will be a handy option to have in the squad.

However, the report further claimed that there is massive competition to sign Kamara and it is from Everton neighbours and current Premier League champions, Liverpool. Now, it is true that Liverpool are in a better position overall and can even offer him Champions League football but game time at Anfield won’t be a cakewalk.

Marseille is looking to get out of at a deep financial hole but the recent UEFA punishment of £3.3 million has further plunged Les Olympiens into economic turmoil. Sale of bigger stars and emerging talents is imminent and Everton must be ready to pounce upon Boubacar Kamara when there’s a chance.

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