Rennes’ teenage sensation Eduardo Camavinga appears destined for a high profile move this summer, with a number of Europe’s elite clubs circling for his signature.
The 18-year-old has emerged as one of the continent’s most sought-after young players having impressed for the Ligue 1 side in recent seasons, while he’s also made three senior appearances for the French national side.
The midfielder has now sparked something of a bidding war after failing to agree a new deal to remain with his current club, his existing contract set to expire next summer.
With the club potentially set to cash in this summer to avoid losing him for nothing in 12 months’ time, a move over the coming months is more than likely.
So for those of you interested in the best canadian sportsbooks, here’s a look at how the bookmaker’s view his future.
Here’s the five favourites to sign Eduardo Camavinga.
Bayern Munich 15/1
Bayern will be able to offer almost a guarantee of success should the young midfielder opt to make the switch to Bavaria, the club having won nine straight Bundesliga titles with seemingly no sign that that dominance will end any time soon.
There will of course be a change of manager to contend with at the German side which could disrupt things, with Julian Nagelsmann set to replace Germany-bound Hansi Flick, although the depth of quality at the club should ensure a smooth transition for the much admired young coach.
The former RB Leipzig boss has a reputation for developing young players and for promoting an attractive and progressive style of football, two factors that will be more than enticing to the young Camavinga.
One potential sticking point could be the lack of regular game time with Bayern’s midfield pairing likely to be Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, although there does remain doubts over the former’s future as he enters the final year of his existing deal.
Even should the former Schalke man remain at the club, there is a need for greater midfield depth in the squad regardless, a fact that was showcased by Flick’s decision to deploy David Alaba in central midfield towards the end of the season.
Real Madrid 12/1
There can’t be an exciting young player on the market without Real Madrid being linked, right?
While Florentino Perez has developed a reputation for spending big on high profile stars, the club’s recent financial difficulties may spark a change in tack, as too will the fear of getting burned in a similar manner to that of the Eden Hazard deal.
With Rennes rumoured to value Camavinga at just €30m, he would represent a relatively affordable option for Los Blancos, while also bringing in some much needed youth to a talented, yet ageing midfield of Luka Modric, Casemrio and Toni Kroos.
The club will be spearheaded by new management this season, with Carlo Ancelotti ditching the project at Everton for a return to the Bernabeu, following the departure of Zinedine Zidane for a second time from the La Liga side.
Although the club enjoyed success under Zidane, his refusal to put faith in youth developed into a real issue in his second spell, with Ancelotti likely to be more willing to chuck the young Camavinga in at the deep end.
Of course, however, Madrid’s desire for Kylian Mbappe appears to go above everything else and it would seem that there is a need to move players on in order to fund a move for the Paris Saint-Germain man, rather than to bring any other fresh faces in.
A little like their inclusion in the failed European Super League, some may smirk at Arsenal’s place alongside the other superpowers on this list, yet there’s no denying that the Gunners represent arguably the best shot at regular game time for the teenager.
Midfield has seemingly long been a problem area for the north London club, with supporters questioning the continued persistence with the controversial Granit Xhaka, albeit with the Swiss international having been one of the standout performers at Euro 2020.
That no longer looks to be an issue, however, as Xhaka nears a move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma, while fellow midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is set to join Marseille on an initial loan deal with an option to buy.
With Lucas Torreira – who failed to make an impact on-loan at Atletico Madrid last season – also surplus to requirements, Mikel Arteta’s side are in desperate need of a midfield addition to line up alongside last summer’s arrival, Thomas Partey.
Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard have also returned to Madrid at the end of their respective loan spells, leaving Arteta with a real shortage of quality in central midfield and with reportedly a hefty war chest to spend on transfers this summer.
The club are nearing deals for Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares and Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, while Brighton’s Ben White is also the rumoured subject of a third bid form the Gunners. Could Camavinga be on his way too?
Paris Saint-Germain could likely pose the biggest threat to any of the other sides on the list, amid suggestions that the wonderkid is keen to remain in his native France.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have already brought in Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum on a free transfer to bolster their midfield, yet the club are seemingly ready to go all out to build a squad who can finally get over the line in the Champions League.
As well as Wijnaldum, Inter Milan wing-back Achraf Hakimi is set to be the next high profile name in the door at the Parc des Princes, while both Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma are set to add further depth to an already mouthwatering squad with moves for free in the coming weeks.
There does remain the uncertainty over Kylian Mbappe’s future, yet the Ligue 1 side could plug that hole with another young potential superstar in the form of Camavinga.
The youngster already has Champions League football under his belt after featuring for Rennes in the group stage last term, while he’ll also be potentially joining a side hungry to reclaim their domestic title, having been pipped by surprise package Lille last time out.
Man United 8/15
It’s setting up to potentially be a hugely exciting summer for Manchester United supporters, the club having already announced they have struck a deal for Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho, pending a medical.
After a heavily criticised summer window last year that saw much of the Red Devils transfer activity done on deadline day, it looks as if the club may have learnt their lesson and appear keen to get their business done early.
As well as Sancho, Aston Villa stopper Tom Heaton has made a return to the club on a free transfer, while rumour would suggest that a deal for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane could be in the pipeline, the 28-year-old potentially available for €50m as he enters into the final year of his deal.
While Camavinga could well join his compatriot at Old Trafford, the frustrating debut campaign for Donny Van de Beek may sound something of a warning to the teenager, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaving the Dutchman out in the wilderness.
Solskjaer’s continued deployment of ‘McFred’ has no doubt backfired at times, with the side lacking a real creative force in the centre of the park to shoulder the burden from Bruno Fernandes.
Another issue is whether Paul Pogba stays, as it remains to be seen if United’s pursuit of Camavinga is as a replacement for the World Cup winner, or simply as further competition for an already exciting squad.