Roma and Milan Miss Out on Touted Ligue 1 Midfielder

The top Serie A teams had taken turns in eyeing Boubacar Kamara since he was available on a free transfer, but he has joined Aston Villa. In particular, Roma had targeted in January. However, they could not strike a deal with either him or Olympique Marseille.

The Italian sides seemingly gave up the chase a while ago due to his demands on wages. After bursting onto the scenes in 2018, he has logged 170 appearances at the Stade Velodrome, scoring 4 goals and providing 6 assists. Former Giallorossi coach Rudi Garcia had endorsed his transfer to the Italian Capital following the links in the previous window.

Kamara seemed headed to Atletico Madrid, but Steven Gerrard convinced him to move to Aston Villa instead, The Athletic reports. The 22-year-old, who has been at OM since he was five, earned his first call-up by France this season, although he did not feature.

While Roma missed out on Kamara, they could still somewhat benefit from his move to Aston Villa. Douglas Luiz is one of their top targets to bolster the midfield, Tuttomercatoweb informs. His price tag is held in check by the fact that he has just one year on his contract. However, he has multiple suitors in England.

Furthermore, Marseille have inquired about Jordan Veretout to fill the void. They offered €8M, but the Giallorossi want almost double such sum, Calciomercato informs. Moreover, it could be challenging for the Ligue 1 outfit to meet his requests, which already caused a rift with his current team.