Arsenal will face competition from Real Madrid for the signature of Eduardo Camavinga, consistent with reports.
Mikel Arteta’s side is among the edges curious about the Rennes midfielder, who is one of the foremost highly-rated teenagers in Europe.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed another impressive season for Rennes, for whom he has made on the brink of 100 appearances since bursting onto the scene aged 16.
Camavinga has also won three caps for France and is hoping to be included in Didier Deschamps’ squad for Euro 2020.
Arsenal is keen to bolster their squad within the summer transfer window following a disappointing campaign.
The Gunners are ninth within the Premier League table and appearance set to miss out on European football for the primary time since 1995/96.
Camavinga has been identified as a player who could help move the team forward next season.
But Arsenal’s chances of bringing the youngster to the Emirates Stadium are dealt a serious blow.
According to Marca, Real Madrid has made Camavinga a priority this summer.
Madrid had cooled their interest in the Frenchman, but their defeat by Chelsea within the Champions League semi-finals has convinced the club that they have to feature more dynamism and energy in their midfield.
Camavinga is thus back on the agenda as Madrid draws up their recruitment plans for the approaching months.
However, their interest might be complicated by the very fact that the 18-year-old is represented by Jonathan Barnett, who is additionally Gareth Bale’s agent.
Barnett has clashed with Madrid president Florentino Perez within the past, but he’s still unlikely to encourage his client to show down the 13-time European champions.
“Believe me we’ve tons of offers for this year, tons of offers, and good ones. I mean top, top clubs. We don’t want to rush,” Barnett told SNTV recently.
“There is that the right time to maneuver on and playing games are that the most vital thing at his age.
“Playing during a good club is good for him. it’d be this year, or he wants to possess another year. He possesses to speak to his family, his father.
“We will all sit down and choose. we’ll ask Rennes also and choose. there’s no rush for him.
“He’s probably the simplest young player within the world. He has just turned 18. He has already been a French international. He’s a fantastic talent.
“He could play in any team within the world. he’s still getting to be an excellent talent at 19 [in November]. It’s not that old you recognize, 19.”