Paper Talk: Man Utd, Barcelona in battle to land £26m Ligue 1 teen

Date published: Tuesday 12th November 2019 8:30

Manchester United are ready to battle Barcelona for a highly-rated Ligue 1 teenager, while Arsenal have been given a lift over Unai Emery’s potential replacement, all in Tuesday’s papers.



Manchester United are reportedly set to battle Barcelona for £26m-rated Rennes teenager Eduardo Camavinga.

Camavinga, who turned 17 at the weekend, became his club’s youngest ever debutant last December and has played in every Ligue 1 game for his club so far this season.

He also became the league’s youngest ever assist provider when he set up a goal in Rennes’ victory over French champions PSG back in August.


Camavinga is contracted to Rennes until 2022, meaning his club can demand a large price tag for a player who could leave in January or next summer.

But a bidding war could well ensue, with United, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid all tracking the defensive midfielder, according to L’Equipe.

And they are not the only clubs interested in Camavinga, with Real Madrid , Manchester City , Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund all having been linked with bids over the summer, as reported in the Daily Mirror.

L’Equipe adds that both Tottenham and Arsenal made approaches for the player last summer but were both rebuffed, although the north London duo were said to have included a clause that would have seen Camavinga return to Rennes for a two-year loan spell.




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