Eduardo Camavinga is the perfect solution to Manchester United’s Paul Pogba problem
Manchester United have already made a bold move in the transfer market with the capture of England ace Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, but there is still work to be done.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the hunt for a new central defender, with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane top of the agenda, though he also hopes to add to his midfield armoury.
Paul Pogba’s future is once again surrounded in uncertainty, with the France international having entered the final 12 months of his current deal at Old Trafford.
Right on cue, his performances for his national side at the European Championships have shown the player he has the capability to be when at his best, though the fact he hasn’t shown that consistently at United remains an issue.
It leaves United in a difficult situation, as Pogba is a player who still has tremendous value in the transfer market but, from January 1st, is able to discuss terms with clubs outside of the Premier League for a free transfer at the end of the 2021/22 season.
The question that remains is what United do – does Pogba deserve a lucrative new contract when he has regularly flattered to deceive at United? Do the club allow a sale for a reduced price this summer? Or do they hold their nerve and potentially risk losing him for nothing in 12 months?
Fortunately, a development elsewhere in the transfer market may have handed United the advantage in any discussions with Pogba once again – as the perfect replacement has emerged.
Rennes ace Eduardo Camavinga, like Pogba, has entered the final 12 months of his deal and the Ligue 1 side will allow him to leave this summer, with reports in France considering his exit to be ‘inevitable’.
A fee of around €40m has been touted for the highly-rated 19-year-old, an affordable price for United, and a deal would reduce the pressure surrounding the decision that needs to be made on Pogba.
The right decision regarding Pogba is not an easy one to identify and it won’t become clear for a while whether the right or wrong move has been made – but with Camavinga, the situation would improve drastically.
Firstly, should Pogba leave, United would have a ready-made replacement in the squad to succeed the French international and one who could potentially hold that position for the next decade – perhaps even longer.
If Pogba stays, competitiveness for regular starts with Camavinga could bring the best form out of the pair – something United have witnessed at left-back, with Luke Shaw rejuvenated by the competition provided by the signing of Alex Telles.
Perhaps most crucial though is the fee, a price that wouldn’t be an option if Camavinga was to pen a new deal with Rennes and move elsewhere, with the price considerably less than what you’d expect to pay for a player of his calibre.
West Ham’s Declan Rice and Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham are central midfielders who have regularly been touted for a move to Old Trafford, with both likely to command prices of over £100m if they were to be lured away from their current clubs.
The fee for Camavinga is barely a splash in comparison and, in a summer where United are spending in excess of £70m on Sancho and are likely to have to spend a significant sum to land their defender of choice, would save valuable funds.