• Real Madrid and Man Utd are chasing Rennes' Eduardo Camavinga
  • Rennes, according to reports, have no plans of letting the player go
  • Rennes finished third in Ligue 1 this season

A 17-year-old midfielder could snub the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United at the upcoming summer transfer window.

Eduardo Camavinga – one of the most promising talents in Europe – currently is contracted with Ligue 1 side, Rennes.

As of UEFA rules, the top two teams of Ligue 1 automatically qualify for the Champions League and the third side enters the qualifying round of the European tournament. With Ligue 1 officially over and Rennes have been declared third-placed finishers, this means, it is going to be their maiden Champions League campaign and the club has indicated that their current “priority” is to keep their squad intact this summer, ahead of the next season.

“The priority will be to keep our team, which has shown all its talent in this fantastic season. We'll have to be smart in the transfer market to improve the team and make it the best we possibly can in order to pass this qualifying round,” Rennes’ president Nicolas Holveck told L’Equipe.

Even though the club is owned by a billionaire, the Pinault family, they are under financial pressure to sell players to earn funds for the team and Camavinga is one of the most targeted players by the other clubs including some big teams in Europe.

The teenager midfielder, who made his France U21 debut in 2019, has been heavily linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Man Utd. These reports have emerged after his impressive first full season of first-team soccer. Despite these links, Rennes clearly are looking to retain the talented young lad for the next season as they recently sacked their renowned president, Olivier Letang, for opening negations with Real without informing the French side’s stakeholders.

Nacho Fernandez headed in the winner as Real Madrid beat Real Valladolid on Sunday.
Nacho Fernandez headed in the winner as Real Madrid beat Real Valladolid on Sunday. AFP / CESAR MANSO

Camavinga, who made his first-team debut for Rennes in 2018 as a 16-year-old, is the youngest ever professional soccer player to have represented the club. The Angola-born player has already earned a Ligue 1’s Player of the Month award. So far from 43 caps for Rennes, across competitions, he has scored once but has set up quite a few goals for his teammates in the process.