Man United are interested in joining young Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga and reportedly view him as the long-term replacement to Paul Pogba.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already has several areas in the squad that need strengthening in the transfer market, but Pogba’s current deal situation could quickly see a new midfielder become the top priority.
The World Cup-winning midfielder is stalling over new terms, with his current contract expiring in 18 months, and that could push Manchester United to sell rather than risk losing their record signing for nothing.
According to The Sun, the Red Devils have set their sights on Camavinga as a long-term replacement for Pogba – though they will have lots of competition for one of Europe’s highest-rated youngsters.
The 17-year-old defensive midfielder has made himself a mainstay of the Rennes midfield, starting all 12 of their Ligue 1 matches this campaign and impressing with his precocious talent on the ball, composed passing and powerful dribbling.
Although born in Angola, he received French citizenship at the start of November and was quickly called up to the Under-21 side for games versus Georgia and Switzerland – substituting Matteo Guendouzi, who moved up to the senior squad.
Notwithstanding his tender years, Man United would have to stump up a large sum to convince Rennes to sell Camavinga, who is supposed to have a £26million release clause.
Rennes is something of a star factory, with the likes of Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele and Watford record joining Ismaila Sarr coming through the club in recent years.
Man United are not the only club interested in the teenager either, with Barcelona keen to bring him to Camp Nou while Real Madrid’s French boss Zinedine Zidane is well aware of his compatriot’s ability.
Of course, Zidane is instead more interested in luring Pogba to the Bernabeu – and has been for some time.
The midfielder has been sidelined since picking up an ankle injury in September’s draw with Arsenal, but Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful that he will return to action in time for the Manchester derby at the start of December.