Mikel Arteta has been handed some bad news regarding his pursuit of talented teenager Eduardo Camavinga, claims a report.
Spanish daily Marca claims the Rennes midfielder, 17, fits Arteta’s transfer profile perfectly, with the former Man City assistant looking for talented, hard-working youngsters, and that the Gunners and Real Madrid lead the charge for the player.
But, Liverpool, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund are all said to be keen, however the source report that Real have the edge over Arsenal. Apparently the teenager would choose Real Madrid over Arsenal if given the choice this summer.
Camavinga, who was born in Angola, was recently awarded French citizenship and earned his first Under-21 cap for the World Cup champions when he was called up to replace Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi, who was moved up to the senior squad.
The central midfielder has made 36 appearances this season and reportedly has a £26.5m release clause in his current deal – which expires in 2022.
Zinedine Zidane is understood to be a long-time admirer and apparently sees Camavinga as the long-term successor Casemiro.
Only last month Sport claimed Liverpool and Barcelona have joined a growing list of clubs keen on Camavinga.
Barca apparently want a midfielder in the mould of Yaya Toure and the Spanish outlet claim Camavinga fits the ball with the LaLiga giants prepared to pay up to €50m for his services.
Liverpool are understood to be looking at strengthening their midfield with Adam Lallana set to leave in the summer and Georginio Wijnaldum yet to formally sign a new deal at Anfield.
In November The Sun claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd would go head-to-head with reigning LaLiga champions Barca to sign him.