Manchester United reportedly believe a proposal to loan Eduardo Camavinga back to Rennes next season will sway the French club into ignoring Real Madrid’s interest in the midfielder.
The 17-year-old broke into Rennes’ first team last January and after making seven appearances before the end of last season, he has only missed five games this term.
As well as United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham have all been linked with the France Under-21 international after his impressive rise.
According to the Metro, United’s interest puts them in a strong position to sign Camavinga and they are joined there by Madrid.
The newspaper says, however, that United have proposed a deal involving a loan back to France next season which they hope will sway Rennes into doing business.
Rennes are reportedly “desperate” to keep hold of the youngster, given that they are in next season’s Champions League after finishing third in the curtailed Ligue 1 season.
However, they are also keen to offload him this summer – if any – given that he has two years left on his contract and his price will plummet next season as the risk of a free transfer emerges.
The benefit for United would be that Camavinga spends an extra season developing in France while gaining vital Champions League experience, before moving to Old Trafford a year older and more well-rounded.
In any case, the Metro claims that while Rennes are looking for £60million if they do sell Camavinga, the Red Devils believe they can sign him for £25million.
The newspaper claims that United’s interest in the teenager peaked when, after club scouts watched him on 12 occasions, head of global scouting Marcel Bout was impressed after a personal visit to see him in action.
It is added that while Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is a first-choice target, the sell-on value that could be generated from the likes of Camavinga in the next few seasons is an attractive proposition.
In other news, United midfielder Jesse Lingard has vowed to return from the Premier League’s extended break with a better attitude after admitting he “wasn’t really pushing” himself last season.
The English top flight is set to resume on June 17 after clubs came to an agreement in Thursday’s crunch meeting.