Real Madrid are in advanced talks to sign teenage star Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes for a transfer fee estimated at over $ 35million.
The club are set to beat several other top contenders for one of the summer window’s most sought-after acquisitions. The midfielder will join Real Madrid on a five-year contract.
Los Blancos have focused on Camavinga, 18, after pulling out of negotiations for PSG striker Kylian Mbappe. PSG were not a willing negotiator, according to reports, and Real Madrid left with one day remaining in the European transfer window which ends on Tuesday, August 31.
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Real Madrid beat the competition at Camavinga
Among the clubs which have been linked with a move for Camavinga are European giants Manchester United and PSG.
Camavinga broke through with the Rennes senior squad at the age of 16 in 2019 and has since become one of the continent’s most requested young prospects. He became the third youngest player in French national team history when he made his world championship debut in a 4-2 Nations League victory over Croatia in September 2020. The following month he became France’s second youngest goalscorer when he scored. against Ukraine.
Rumors over the years had caused Rennes to demand transfer fees which apparently reached $ 117million, but Camavinga can be acquired at a fraction of that valuation as he only has one year left on his contract at Rennes. Not having signed a new agreement with Rennes, he could leave for free next summer. This is one of the reasons he has only started one of the French club’s opening six games of the new season.
Real Madrid had funds to spend after seeing their offers for Mbappe rejected by PSG. Camavinga will bring youth and dynamism to a central midfielder led by Casemiro, 29, Luka Modric, 35, and Toni Kroos, 31, who is still recovering from injury.
Los Blancos started their La Liga season on a high note with two wins and one draw. The club will start the UEFA Champions League group stage in September against Group D opponents Inter Milan (Italy), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) and Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova).