Rennes are determined to sell teen sensation Eduardo Camavinga this summer rather than let him leave for free next June.
Manchester United are among the clubs chasing the midfielder’s signature but face stiff competition from the likes of Arsenal, Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid.
Every club involved in the chase has issues – whether it be the need to offload players first before they can buy, or the fact that they have other priorities. This has left Rennes desperately waiting to receive a bid for a player considered to be one of the best young talents on the planet.
‘There are chances for Eduardo Camavinga to leave Rennes in the final 8 days of the transfers market,’ tweeted transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
‘He’ll not sign a new long-term deal with Rennes, so they’re open to sell Camavinga for €35m [£30m] fee.’
There are chances for Eduardo Camavinga to leave Rennes in the final 8 days of the transfers market. He’ll not sign a new long-term deal with Rennes, so they’re open to sell Camavinga for €35m fee. ???????????? #transfers
It depends on the offers in the next few days. Open race.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 22, 2021
French football expert Zach Lowy believes the asking price is even lower:
‘Eduardo Camavinga is close to departing Rennes and may have played his last game for the club, per @lequipe,’ he said.
‘Camavinga has one year left on his deal and Rennes are demanding €30 million [£25.8m] to sell him.
Eduardo Camavinga is close to departing Rennes and may have placed his last game for the club, per @lequipe. Camavinga has one year left on his deal and Rennes are demanding €30 million to sell him.
— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) August 22, 2021
And Get French Football News confirms:
‘Eduardo Camavinga has without a doubt played his last game for Rennes.’
Ouest-France: Eduardo Camavinga has without a doubt played his last game for Rennes.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 22, 2021
The prices being touted by these reliable sources are an incredible reduction of a half or more of the £60 million being spoken of last summer. And whilst it is true that 2020/21 did not see Camavinga kick on quite as much as had been expected after his breakthrough season, he nonetheless represents an absolute bargain at this price.
L’Equipe claims that PSG may still come in at the last minute for their countryman:
‘Camavinga is still tracked by PSG, which does not exclude a last blow to be achieved at the very end of the transfer window. It is a destination that could appeal to the young French international.’
However, Fred and Nemanja Matic’s woeful performances against Southampton yesterday underlined more than ever United’s need for midfield reinforcements and at £30 million or less, it seems a no-brainer that United should put in a bid for the French international.
While there have been reports that he would prefer a move to Spain or to stay in France with PSG, joining up with international teammates Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Raphael Varane must be a tempting prospect and his agent, Jonathan Barnett, is believed to be active in trying to bring Camavinga to the Premier League.