One youthful option for Manchester United in the transfer market is French sensation Eduardo Camavinga.
Camavinga is the rising midfield star of French football, making his Les Bleus debut at the end of last year and even getting on the scoresheet.
Subsequently the talented 18-year-old has been linked with Europe’s top clubs, Manchester United included.
Spanish newspaper AS reported at the end of 2020 how Real Madrid are particularly concerned Manchester United will beat them to his signature.
From United’s perspective, Camavinga could be a long term replacement for Nemanja Matic in midfield.
L’Equipe previously reported Camavinga was in discussions to extend his contract at Rennes to 2023. This looks likely.
AS report this week that Camavinga’s preference is to join Real Madrid.
He is even prepared to wait it out another year, amid the Spanish side’s financial troubles due to the pandemic. Real only have limited funds, and a desire to add several big names.
Could this work as an opportunity for United?
Camavinga is represented by the Stellar Group agency. Luke Shaw, Dean Henderson, Dan James and Tahith Chong are among the names on their books.
While this offers no guarantees of a deal (Jack Grealish is also among their clients), the lines of communication are there for United to make an approach for Camavinga.
Rennes are in fifth in Ligue 1 next season. They could qualify for the Europa League, and this may play a part in convincing Camavinga to stay put.
He seems happy enough. Camavinga was quoted by AS: “For the moment I am 100% focused on my team. We’ll see later what happens.”
Camavinga’s stock may rise at Euro 2021, and this may trigger teams into making a move.
The 18-year-old has now made 64 first team appearances for Rennes already in his career.
United have a chance to win Camavinga over if the club express clearly he is the top midfield target.
With Real Madrid possibly requiring Camavinga to wait, United have a chance to persuade him to head to Old Trafford if he is shown how much he is wanted.
Last summer United nipped in amid Real’s indecision over Donny van de Beek and the same could repeat itself here, if United want to.
Real are playing a dangerous game if they wait on Camavinga, and while he is reportedly prepared to bide his time, that can change if United make a convincing play and offer Rennes the deal they are looking for.
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