Eduardo Camavinga is the latest exciting young talent being linked with a move to Manchester United.
The Sun report United are considering spending big on the teenager, who is also interesting Barcelona.
So who is Eduardo Camavinga and what could he bring to United?
Here are five facts about the potential Old Trafford addition…
- Camavinga plays for Rennes and just turned 17 earlier this month. He is already a regular for the team, with 16 games played already this season.
- He is a defensive midfielder with one career assist to his name so far. In August he won Ligue 1’s player of the month award at just 16.
- Camavinga was born in Angola to French parents. He has just successfully applied for French citizenship and intends to play international football for Les Bleus, making his debut for their under-21 side last week.
- The young talent has a release clause in his Rennes contract of £25.6 million, which could end up looking very cheap.
- Mino Raiola and Jorge Mendes both made approaches to become Camavinga’s agent, but have so far failed to win him over.
What they say
Former Hatem Ben Arfa told ESPN earlier this season: “He was incredible. Technically and physically, he is a monster. Everything he does is perfect.
“For me, he is the modern midfielder by definition. There is nothing he can’t do. He can defend, tackle, head the ball, create, score, assist. He is powerful but gifted technically with his left foot. He is intelligent, elegant. You would have rarely seen a player like him at his age.”
France boss Didier Deschamps told Archy Sport: “It’s a very good thing for him and for French football. He is already doing very good things in Rennes, he is enormously used. But we’re talking about a very, very young player.”
Transfermarkt values Camavinga as the second most expensive 17-year-old in world football behind only Barcelona’s Ansu Fati.
Where do United fit in?
Camavinga has predictably been talked up as Paul Pogba’s successor for France and United may view him the same way.
United have looked to France for young talent over the past 18 months, signing Aliou Traore, Noam Emeran, and most recently Hannibal Mejbri.
Camavinga is just two months older than Mejbri, who himself looks a huge talent, and is further along in his development, playing regular first team games already including three in the Europa League.
It’s unclear at this stage whether United are just scouting him, or whether we are actually going to take it a step further.
If United did move for Camavinga he would expect to join the first team squad rather than going into the academy.
A replacement is needed more urgently for Nemanja Matic more urgently than Pogba, and this could open up a spot in the first team squad.
£25.6 million is a big amount to spend on a 17-year-old, but this could end up being United’s only shot to sign him.
United missed out by not signing Kylian Mbappe from Monaco at a young age. If Camavinga really is the real deal, then it may be costly not to pay the money.
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