Manchester United missed out on their top midfield target last summer. When Jude Bellingham,18, chose to join Borussia Dortmund instead of a move to Old Trafford. United is once again in the market for a midfielder this summer. But it appears their first choice, Eduardo Camavinga, may slip through their fingers.
Rennes midfielder, Camavinga is one of the world's brightest young stars. Having made over 80 appearances since his debut back in 2019 at just 16 years old. United have held discussions with the player's representatives, but they were viewed as 'not encouraging. With Camavinga making it clear that his preference is a move to Spain and La Liga.
The player has been linked with Real Madrid in the past year, but their current financial struggles will likely prevent them from any major signings this summer. At the same time, Barcelona has only been able to sign out of contract players so far this summer. As they too go through a financial crisis. This would limit the options for Camavinga in Spain and having entered the last year of his contract. Rennes wants to sell the France international before the end of the transfer window.
An all too familiar situation for United
The facts appear to play into United's hands. However, everything appeared in their favor last summer when they tried to sign Jude Bellingham from Birmingham. The club even getting legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson to greet the player and his family. Bellingham still chose to move to the Bundesliga and Borussia Dortmund. Now United is in a similar position, courting a player that would prefer a move elsewhere.
United are building for their future and their present, and that is why a player of Camavinga's ilk is so enticing for them. The club wants to strengthen their midfield ahead of the new season, but if they chose to sell Paul Pogba, who is entering the final year of his contract. They will come under pressure to get a deal done for Eduardo Camavinga.