Leeds United are reportedly eyeing up a move for French wonder-kid Eduardo Camavinga ahead of the summer transfer window. According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Whites are said to be in the running to rival Liverpool and Real Madrid for his signature.
The 18-year-old is into his last 18 months of his current contract with Rennes and the pressure could be on the Ligue 1 outfit to cash in. Camavinga is currently valued at £54million by Transfermarkt, but this could be slashed if the club get too wary of losing him on a free.
Leeds being in the running for his services is a very bold move from Victor Orta and co, but would he fit in with the dynamic squad at Elland Road?
Having such a high market value as a teenager is impressive. Camavinga is following in the footsteps of fellow French talent Kylian Mbappe, who has been highly sought after since he was a very young man.
However, this may be a worry for clubs like Leeds, who aren’t particularly known for having money to burn. However, Andrea Radrizanni has proved he’s a man for the cause after splashing out decent amounts on several new players last summer.
Bielsa’s midfield is arguably where the issues lie – only Mateusz Klich and Stuart Dallas can say they contribute to the goalscoring action on a regular basis. The two have a combined eight goals and seven assists this season and rank behind only wingers Jack Harrison and Raphinha and star striker Patrick Bamford in terms of goal involvements, as per BBC Sport.
The Whites would certainly benefit from some more creativity in the engine room, but signing Camavinga would heap a lot of pressure onto Jamie Shackleton. The latter is already three years the Frenchman’s senior and he is struggling to make a name for himself at Leeds.
According to Transfermarkt, Shackleton has featured in just 12 Premier League games this season, starting only four. He has been pushed out of the squad on numerous occasions and signing a talent younger than him, one with more playing experience would only make things even harder for him at Elland Road.
Camavinga has missed just two league matches this season and that was due to injury. He is a first-team regular and even has Champions League experience. He was described as a “huge talent” by France national team manager Didier Deschamps, who has already given him his first senior cap.
It would be a hefty, but very wise, investment to splash out on his services, but Shackleton may need to look over his shoulder if the midfielder does make the switch to Yorkshire.
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