At 18 years of age, Eduardo Camavinga is comfortably one of the best players of his generation, exemplified by the names linked to him on a near weekly basis.

Real Madrid have always appeared to be the favourites for his signature, but other clubs, such as Manchester United, are also keeping tabs on the France international.

The Red Devils are providing a real threat to the Spanish giants, since they have more money and are less affected by the Covid-19 caused financial crisis, and the ‘alarms are now sounding’.

AS in Spain state ‘the latest events around the young 18-year-old midfielder have caused a last-minute script change’, and there’s a worry Madrid could miss out on him just like when they saw Kylian Mbappé leave AS Monaco for Paris Saint-Germain.

Camavinga ‘has already made the decision to leave Rennes this summer’, caused in part by the recent departure of ex-manager Julian Stéphan as well as the dwindling performances in recent weeks.

The youngster ‘wants to continue his sporting progression and considers that playing the Champions League is essential’.

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Basically, it’s stated it’s ‘now or never’ for Real Madrid, because regardless of whether they are in financial trouble or the fact they’ve prioritised the arrival of Erling Haaland, ‘the hiring of Camavinga is also strategic’.

The player will be entering the final year of his contract, and without Champions League money (Rennes are 12th) on top of the problems of payments of television rights in France, the Ligue 1 club will need income and won’t be able to ask for more than €30-40m.

The problem is, as AS claim they have found out from sources close to the player, ‘the Premier League is strongly testing the situation for next summer’, with both ‘Chelsea and Manchester United on the lookout, with the latter aware that Paul Pogba is most likely leaving’.

Real Madrid are helped by Camavinga’s desire, which is ‘closer to wearing white’, but there’s no denying that should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pick up the phone and try and jump ahead of the La Liga giants, Camavinga would listen.

A move to Old Trafford certainly wouldn’t be sniffed at, especially if the Spaniards don’t make their move.

This means the ball is firmly in Madrid’s court, but the clock is ticking, and it seems Ed Woodward has his finger on the button, putting in a strong effort in making Zinedine Zidane’s side uncomfortable.