Thomas Tuchel has previously admitted that he would love to have “strong” Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga in his Paris Saint-Germain team — and now he might have the opportunity to sign him at Chelsea.
The 18-year-old whose contract at Rennes expires next summer (in 2022) sensation is reportedly set for a summer move to another club.
According to Le Parisien journalist Julien Laurens, Chelsea are one of the four clubs currently in the transfer race for the young midfielder.
The French journalist also claims that the Blues have also been in contact with Camavinga’s agent, Jonathan Barnett.
Obviously, despite his talent, many would still question whether Chelsea really need him, especially at given his reported €40-50million price tag.
Bear in mind, they have recently sent Billy Gilmour, who is arguably as talented, on loan to Norwich City.
But if it was down to Tuchel, he would likely not hesitate to pull the trigger — at least if he has not changed his mind.
Back in September 2020, just a few months prior to his arrival at Chelsea, he already had his say about the France international.
“Would I like to have him on my team? Yes, of course,” Tuchel said about the rumours about Camavinga’s potentially joining PSG last summer (via Goal).
“But I can’t talk about other players, who are not from my team.
“He’s one of the best players in Ligue 1.
“He’s a great player, very strong, with a great future. But he also plays in a great team which plays in the Champions League.
“But that’s not how it goes, it’s not Monopoly!
“I’m not going to say not to recruit him, but that’s not how it goes.”
Well, it will eventually depend on whether Chelsea and Tuchel really want to make a long-term investment in the Rennes ace and whether they would be able to convince him to join.
As it stands, even if he were to join Chelsea this summer, Camavinga would likely find it difficult to play regularly.
It is the reason why Gilmour left, after all — to pursue regular first-team football and develop.