Liverpool could sign their ideal heir to former midfielder Gini Wijnaldum this summer after being linked with a move for Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga.
The Reds are one of several clubs chasing the 18-year-old’s signature and are even ahead of the likes of Real Madrid in the queue for his signature, according to The Express.
Fellow Premier League side Manchester United have been heavily linked with Camavinga in recent weeks, though.
However, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano recently declared that the France international is in no rush to resolve his future and is open to the idea of moving in a free transfer next summer, potentially giving Liverpool renewed hope that they can secure his services.
“Eduardo Camavinga is in no hurry to decide on his next club: Manchester United have been informed about the situation and had direct contacts, they need at least €35/40 million for Camavinga this summer,” he revealed to BenchWarmers.
“The player is waiting to see what will happen, but does not rule out leaving as a free agent next summer with many other clubs also from Spain together with PSG who would join the race.”
After making his first-team debut back in 2019, Camavinga has established himself as one of Ligue 1’s most exciting, young talents, making 82 appearances in all competitions for his boyhood club.
His impressive performances at club level earned an international call-up at the start of last season, where his outstanding displays caught the eye of his teammates.
Red Devils midfielder and compatriot Paul Pogba gave the youngster a glowing reference when they linked up on national team duty last October.
“It is a pleasure to see him don the (France) shirt,” he said. “To score after his first start (against Ukraine in a friendly), that is honestly wonderful,” said the United ace.
“I was truly happy for him. I only wish him the best and much more. He has everything for that. His future is in his hands.”
With Wijnaldum’s exit leaving a gaping hole in the Liverpool engine room, director of football Michael Edwards must swoop for Camavinga in the current window to beat United and the other interested parties to his signature.
The £49.5m-rated gem has the potential to become one of football’s star performers for many years to come and could help propel Jurgen Klopp’s charges back to the Premier League summit.