Manchester United have reportedly accelerated their pursuit of Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga as the end of the current transfer window approaches.
And now, well-known journalist and transfer expert Duncan Castles has provided an update on United’s pursuit of a new midfielder, claiming the Old Trafford outfit are favouring a deal for Camavinga.
“United are looking at other individuals (to Saul),” Castles said on the latest installment of his Transfer Window podcast (as relayed by The Express). “I’m told that they have accelerated their interest in Eduardo Camavinga over the last week.”
The France international has attracted the attention of a host of top clubs across the continent in recent years after establishing himself as one of Ligue 1’s most promising young talents.
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.”
However, after entering the final year of his current contract and refusing to put pen to paper on fresh terms, Rennes are open to the youngster’s exit after putting a £30m price tag on their prized asset.
And it appears as though Old Trafford is a likely destination for Camavinga, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer open to further additions following the arrival of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
“Anything from now is a bonus,” the Norwegian said when asked about additional signings before the deadline after United’s 5-1 victory over Leeds.
“I have to say that with the two signings we’ve got, we’ve strengthened where we wanted to strengthen. Let’s see what happens. You never know in football. Anything can happen, ins and outs.
“We need a big squad,” the United manager said. “The start is important, the whole season is important, but you need to arrive in April and May fresh and with enough options.”
Although a formal offer for Camavinga is yet to materialise, a large section of United fans will surely be buzzing to learn of the club’s increased interest in the £49.5m-rated gem.
The engine room has long been an area of weakness at Old Trafford, but the teenager’s arrival could ensure it remains a formidable area of the pitch for the 20-time English champions for many years to come.