So there is this young lad over with Rennes in France and he’s pretty good. So good, in fact, that everyone in Europe wants his signature. That good.
Not is he only some of the hottest property in Ligue 1, he’s one of the most sought-after signatures in football today.
Making seven outings in what is now the season before last for his side – with his debut coming aged just 16 years and four months – it’s been the 2019/20 campaign where clubs have been taking notice. Camavinga has been an ever-present in midfield, helping Les Rennais secure a third-place finish in the top flight this season.
This is despite recent reports that Manchester United have joined the hunt, with one report going as far as to say the Premier League side had moved ahead of Madrid with their willingness to loan the Frenchman back to Rennes after securing his signature.
However, Camavinga has supposedly ‘chosen’ Los Blancos as his next suitors as he ‘loves Zinedine Zidane and Madrid’. His desire to join the side when his French adventure finishes by no means constitutes an imminent sale, however.
Madrid would need to lighten their wage bill with departures for the likes of James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale, Mariano Diaz or Alvaro Odriozola, and even then they would need to fork out the speculated €50m transfer fee as well.
Equally, Rennes owner François Pinault (rather unsurprisingly) has made it clear he doesn’t want to sell the teenage sensation, as he would prefer to use his talents when the club embark on their Champions League run next season.
One thing that has moved in Madrid’s favour is Camavinga being granted French nationality. Originally from Angola, he obtained his citizenship last November which would mean it does not not impact Madrid’s non-EU quota. This is important as they already boast a number of players from outside the continent.