As one of the highest rated prospects in European football, Eduardo Camavinga has fans from all across the world. The French international has grown to become one of the most exciting prospects around, making his debut at age 16 and becoming a key part of the Rennes side ever since. He played a role in helping the club qualify for the UEFA Champions League, as well as win the Coupe de France. However, with just one year left on his deal and showing no intention of extending, Rennes will need to sell this summer or lose a generational talent for nothing next summer.
Seen by many as the next midfield dynamo to arrive from France, Camavinga has long had admirers a Real Madrid. However, it is believed that Camavinga might first make a move to England, with Arsenal keen to land the player this summer. It is expected that a fee of around £50m will be needed, at least, to make Rennes blink this summer. Arsenal are keen to move on various midfield options, including Granit Xhaka, to make space for a player widely heralded as the best young midfielder in the world.
However, other teams in England – including Liverpool and Manchester United – are believed to hold heavy interest. Given they can both offer UEFA Champions League football, it might be tough for Arsenal to win a three-way battle. However, talk of a move to Germany – via Bayern Munich, and Italy, have also been spoken about.
Wherever the player wishes to go, really, it is made clear that almost any club in Europe would break the bank to be the club that Camavinga chooses to sign for. He is seen as the finest talent in midfield of his age-group anywhere in the world.
Is Eduardo Camavinga ready to leave France?
There are some voices in France, though, who believe the player might benefit from sticking around in Ligue1 for another year or two. Last year, he made 43 appearances for Rennes and for France, contributing 2 goals and 2 assists. However, it would be fair to say that performance levels had dipped from his outstanding breakthrough season. This might make it tougher for Rennes to get the fee they wanted, as some minor doubts now exist.
That being said, it also points to a player who might not be ready to make the move to an elite club. He struggled when the talent around him at Rennes was somewhat diluted, and that could make it tough for the club to land the kind of fee they would have wanted for the talented midfielder.
Despite lacking anything like the same intensity as he had in his debut season, Camavinga still impressed enough to make 28 league starts for Rennes. Expect some changes to come for the Breton club this summer, but it is hard to see them selling Camavinga without an eye-watering bid arriving.
The top clubs in Europe, though, might wish to try and pick up a generational talent on a free transfer in the summer of 2022.