A few days ago, L’Equipe reported the somewhat peculiar interest that Paris Saint-Germain has in Boubacar Kamara of Olympique de Marseille.
It’s not often that these two rivals discuss a possible deal for a player, so when the report came out that Les Parisiens were monitoring the 20-year-old, some supporters were skeptical.
they would sell literally anywhere else in europe than to PSG and kamara's dad is part of the marseille ultras. There needs to be some level of rumors that are so dumb and absurd that they can't even be reported but that would put the spanish media out of business
— Matt Schaefer (@frenchschaef25) May 14, 2020
That’s not to say that PSG haven’t done business with some of Ligue 1’s upper echelon clubs. In 2017, the capital club took on Kylian Mbappé via a loan from AS Monaco with an option to buy. Despite Les Monégasques winning the league that year, they don’t necessarily view PSG as a rival and they’re known for putting business and taking money for their best assets ahead of being competitive.
Nonetheless, that’s not the case for PSG and Marseille. Two years ago, Thomas Meunier liked a picture of a tifo made by supporters of Les Phocéens, and the Belgium international was in hot water with fans that support the capital club.
If a simple act like that created a hostile environment between a player and the fanbase, then a transfer will likely burn bridges and stain careers, which is what Ludovic Obraniak said on L’Equipe du Soir (via Le10Sport).
“Kamara at PSG, would that stain? Yes! In the rivalry between OM and PSG, Marseille supporters have swallowed a lot of snakes for quite a few years now,” Obraniak said. “Before the crisis, we lived a football at 200 an hour, one piece of information chasing the other. This period allowed us to analyze. We see that business has taken precedence over football.”
Finally, Obraniak states that he expects the young France international to do the right thing and either remain at Marseille or head anywhere else but PSG.
“I hear words like anchoring, values, identity coming back. These words are close to my heart, and I tell myself that when we were born in Marseille, and we had the chance to play OM, going to PSG would be a betrayal,” Obraniak said. “I claim this football there. Boubacar Kamara has, I believe, the head well made. He will make the right decision.”
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