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Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga is undergoing a medical ahead of a proposed move to Real Madrid, according to reports in France.
Camavinga is widely regarded as one of the most promising young midfielders in European football and the 18-year-old has been heavily linked with a host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Paris Saint-Germain have also been pushing hard to secure Camavinga’s signature in this summer’s fierce transfer race, but the sought-after youngster appears to be on the cusp on a switch to the Bernabeu.
Canal Plus claim the La Liga outfit have struck deals with both Rennes and Camavinga’s camp, with only have a few details left to finalise after the Frenchman’s medical.
Carlo Ancelotti has been keen to strengthen in midfield after Martin Odegaard returned to Arsenal on a permanent basis earlier this month and the Spanish giants have agreed to pay around €28-30million (£24-26m) for Camavinga.
Camavinga joined Rennes’ academy at the age of 11 and has made 87 appearances since breaking into the club’s first-team back.
The teenager became the youngest ever player to represent Rennes when he came on as a late substitute in the side’s 3-3 draw with Angers back in April 2019 aged just 16 years and four months.
He has already been capped three times by the French national team and Didier Deschamps recently described him as ‘a very young player with a lot of great skills and huge talent’.
Speaking to the media earlier this summer, Rennes boss Bruno Genesio made it clear that the club would not stand in the way of Camavinga should a high-profile move become available that ‘everyone is satisfied with’.
‘We have already stressed several times that we cannot afford to remain in this situation concerning an international player like him,’ he said.
‘It’s part of a career to have important decisions to make, he has a very important one [decision] to make for his future, and we at the club also have our interests to defend.
‘I hope we find a solution that everyone is satisfied with.’
Manchester United have been heavily linked with Camavinga in recent months but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer indicated that the club’s transfer business was complete following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton.
Asked whether he expected any further signings before the transfer deadline, the Norwegian told VG: ‘I don’t think much is going to happen.
If something happens it is a bonus, of course.
‘You never know what happens in the world of football. There’s about a week left.
‘We have had a very good window. We have brought in two great football players. Raphael will lift us a lot, and Jadon will only get better and better.
We are happy with what we have done, and then we work in the field to become a better team.
‘We need to get in better shape, there is no doubt about that. There are many who have played one and a half games. It’s not much. We are laying the foundation now, then it is a long season.’
Source: Metro Sport