Manchester United are believed to have opened negotiations with Rennes over midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, although the teenager is assessing his future options.
According to The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell, United have held “tentative talks” with the Ligue 1 outfit, although sources reportedly say there is “no rush” to get a deal done at this moment in time.
The report also claims that Camavinga is open to the idea of moving to Spain over the coming months, potentially hampering the Old Trafford outfit’s chances of securing his signature.
News that the France international is eyeing up a potential move to La Liga will surely leave the United supporters fuming.
After capturing former Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho in a £73 million deal following an extensive pursuit, the Red Devils will be keen to avoid another drawn-out transfer saga with Camavinga.
The 18-year-old has entered the final year of his contract with Rennes, and the French club are faced with the prospect of losing their prized asset on a free transfer next summer if they don’t sell up in the current window.
As a result, the highly-rated midfielder has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s top teams, although United appeared to move to the front of the queue in recent weeks.
Any hopes that the 20-time English champions had of securing Camavinga’s signature may have taken a significant blow following the latest revelation, though.
Despite their financial troubles, the pull of Barcelona and Real Madrid is still extremely strong for football’s brightest talents, and even United have struggled to compete against them for players in the past.
After making 82 appearances for his boyhood club since making his senior debut back in 2019, Camavinga has established himself as one of the sports brightest young talents.
Securing his services would be a significant coup for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he attempts to build a title-winning side, but he may be forced to search for alternative options this summer.
If he is, United fans will undoubtedly be fuming about another transfer opportunity that’s gone begging for the club they adore.