Chelsea are among the three clubs who have been in contact with the agent of Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, according to Le Parisien journalist Julien Laurens.
The 18-year-old has entered the final year of his contract with the Ligue 1 club, and a summer move seems very likely at this point.
Laurens claims that Camavinga has made it clear that he will not sign a new contract with Rennes.
The London=based French journalist further added that there seem to be four clubs in the race to sign the France international; Chelsea, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid.
“Huge opportunity for those four clubs, but I don’t think Real Madrid are really in it,” Laurens told MAH YouTube channel about Camavinga’s transfer situation.
“So we’re probably looking at PSG, Chelsea, and Manchester United.
“There has been no offer from these clubs, but they have all been talking to Jonathan Barnett [Camavinga’s agent].
“Petr Cech is a huge fan, and of course, he came from Rennes and still has a lot of friends there.”
Potential bidding wars for Camavinga next summer
Obviously, it seems odd that Chelsea would go for such a young midfielder when they have just sent their own midfield talent Billy Gilmour on loan.
But as Laurens pointed out, these clubs consider Camavinga as a potential long-term signing rather than a solution to, let’s say, their midfield problems.
He also made a very good point about how waiting for another year before making any move for the midfielder would mean having to face significantly more competition.
The likes of Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Barcelona, Laurens claims, might enter the race when there will be no transfer fee involved next summer.
“From being [a race between] four clubs, it would be ten — so why would you wait,” he added.
“Go now and sign him for £40-50million, which would be the price, and you’ll have him for the next five years or probably even more.”