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Aston Villa have pulled off one of the summer’s best free-transfer coups after beating Atletico Madrid to Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a five-year-deal.

The 22-year-old was outstanding for the Ligue 1 runners-up and made it to the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League.

That form earned Kamara rave reviews and a call-up to Didier Deschamps’ French national team, where he will team up with Villa’s Lucas Digne, before completing his move to Villa Park when his current deal expires at the end of this month.

It is a stunning piece of business from Villa, who fought off fierce competition from Manchester United, Newcastle United, Jose Mourinho’s Roma and Spanish giants Atletico to land one of the hottest young prospects in Europe.

Despite being available for free, Villa will have to invest a staggering £30million over the next five seasons as Kamara will rake in over £100,000-a-week after turning his back on Champions’ League football with Marseille.

He confessed the chance to work with midfield legend Gerrard was too good to turn down and said: “When I met with Steven, Christian [Purslow, chief executive] and Johan [Lange, sporting director] in my home I knew Aston Villa was for me. 

“Their ambition and determination to succeed matches my own. I cannot wait for pre-season to get going.”

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