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According to The Daily Mail, Tottenham are one of a number of teams following Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga.
The 16-year-old burst onto the scene in Ligue 1 last season, registering seven first-team appearances for the French side.
The report adds Spurs were keen to sign the teenager during his breakthrough campaign, and the north London side will now have to fend off serious competition to land their man.
The Daily Mail claim that Spurs, Manchester City and Arsenal all had scouts in attendance at Roazhon Park to cast their eye over the midfielder in Rennes’ clash with league champions PSG on Sunday evening.
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Camavinga stole the show in front of his keen onlookers, completing every single pass he attempted as he dropped a midfield masterclass to help his underdog side clinch a memorable 2-1 win over Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Having missed out on St Etienne’s centre-back prospect William Saliba to Arsenal this summer, Spurs could deliver an emphatic retort to their north London rivals by sealing a move for Camavinga.
The Daily Mail further add that Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested in securing the Angola-born ace, so Mauricio Pochettino’s side do have their work cut out.
But ultimately, this is the kind of business Spurs need to do. The top sides across Europe have scouts everywhere, and very rarely does a player go under the radar. Camavinga’s inexperience hasn’t stopped people from already taking notice, and so it’s important to get the groundwork for a deal done as quickly as possible.
Having already made a statement signing in Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon, Spurs could land another highly promising French-based midfielder in Camavinga. It would reiterate the idea the north London side are a viable destination for many of the game’s biggest prospects, and not just a stepping stone to the likes of Barcelona or Madrid.
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Statements are made on the pitch, but they can equally be made off it too. And luring a 16-year-old who dominated the likes of Marco Verratti and Marquinhos in midfield would be send a message that the Lilywhites are here amongst the big boys and here to stay.