Arsenal identify Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga as their ‘priority’ summer transfer target
Arsenal have reportedly made Eduardo Camavinga their ‘priority’ target and are working behind the scenes to sign the sought-after Rennes midfielder this summer.
Camavinga, 18, became the youngest player to ever represent Rennes when he made his first-team debut against Angers back in April 2019, aged just 16 years and 4 months old.
The teenager has gone on to establish himself as a regular for the Ligue 1 club and his performances have been closely monitored by Europe’s elite over the last two seasons, with PSG, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United all heavily linked.
According to French outlet Le 10 Sport, Arsenal are firmly in the mix and are ‘doing everything to be perfectly positioned’ for Camavinga’s signature ahead of the summer transfer window.
The report claims the Gunners have placed the highly-rated France international at the top of their wishlist and ‘a major operation is in the pipeline’ with regards to a high-profile move.
The north London outfit have had a miserable season both domestically and in Europe and are expected to spend big ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, with head coach Mikel Arteta intent on overhauling his underperforming squad.
Back in December, Camavinga signed with super-agent Jonathan Barnett – who also represents the likes of Gareth Bale, Mason Mount, Jack Grealish and Ben Chilwell – and it’s believed this move could pave the way for a switch to the Premier League.
However, a deal will not come cheap for Arsenal, with Rennes demanding a fee of at least €50million (£43m) for their prized possession.
Camavinga is out of contract at Roazhon Park in 2022 and Rennes may be tempted to cash in on the Frenchman this summer as they risk losing him on a free transfer in around 12 months’ time.
At the weekend, Camavinga admitted it was flattering to see his name linked with some of Europe’s most successful and powerful teams.
‘It makes you feel flattered and it is nice that teams like Real Madrid or Bayern are interested in your situation,’ he told Telefoot.
‘I am not going to lie, but I have not yet decided with my family what I will do.’
But Camavinga has been disappointed by his personal contribution for seventh-placed Rennes this term after just one goal and two assists in the French top flight.
‘I’ve had an average season. There have been lots of lows and I have not at all done what I needed to do,’ he added.
‘Aside from that, I have to learn from that to rebound. We have to be realistic.
‘I know that I have not only produced good matches. I know that I have an enormous number of things to improve and I am not going to hide behind my age, these are things that happen.’