According to reports, Steven Gerrard was ‘key’ as Aston Villa have beaten Man Utd to the signing of Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a free transfer.
The centre-midfielder has been heavily linked with Aston Villa and Man Utd in recent months.
The 22-year-old made his senior debut for Marseille during the 2016/17 campaign. He has played 170 times for the French club across all competitions.
His contract at Marseille expires in June so he was always likely to depart, given the number of clubs interested in him.
Fabrizio Romao has revealed via Twitter that Kamara to Aston Villa is now a ‘done deal’. The Villans have ‘reached a full agreement’ with the player.
The Frenchman will sign a five-year deal after Gerrard was ‘key to explain the project and get the green light’.
Aston Villa have also been linked with Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips. Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson thinks a move to Villa Park would be “unbelievable” for the Englishman:
“If Leeds do end up going down, it’ll be a hard summer for Kalvin Phillips. There will be a big conversation with Gareth Southgate, if I’m honest,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“He will go to Gareth and ask, ‘Do I need to be playing in the Premier League to make the World Cup squad?’ and I think that will be a big part of it.
“I don’t think Phillips is too good for Aston Villa, who have been linked with him recently. It’s a massive football club and he would be playing under one of the greatest English footballers of our generation in Gerrard. So Villa would be an unbelievable move for him.
“He can’t go to Manchester United because you play for Leeds, or you’re a Leeds fan. That’s an absolute no-go, even though Man United need him more than any player.
“Will Liverpool want him? I don’t think so. Will Manchester City want him? I don’t think so. Maybe Chelsea, I don’t know. It’s not as much as a problem as moving to Manchester United.”