KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United is open to the idea of Paul Pogba leaving the club, a report said
  • The Red Devils reportedly are considering Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga as a possible replacement
  • Camavinga's agent Jonathan Barnett is positive his client will choose from a number of big-name clubs in the future

Manchester United might have identified a potential replacement for transfer-linked star Paul Pogba.

Rumors swirled around the English Premier League that the Red Devils have been dealing with Pogba’s situation. The World Cup winner is still linked to a move away from Old Trafford and a possible return to Juventus.

While nothing is concrete yet about Pogba, Manchester United appears to be looking forward to his departure and is considering Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga as a future successor, Spanish outlet AS reported, citing unnamed sources. International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

Pogba’s rumored transfer move away from Manchester United dates back to December last year when his agent Mino Raiola revealed his client is “unhappy” with the club. Apparently, the Red Devils have also become open to the idea.

According to the report, unnamed sources close to Camavinga have told the publication, “Chelsea and Manchester United are on the lookout, [with] the latter, aware that most likely, [Paul] Pogba is leaving the club].”

Prior to Manchester United and Chelsea, reigning La Liga champion Real Madrid was said to be keeping tabs on Camavinga. However, the financial crisis caused by the pandemic was reportedly hindering Los Blancos from completing the transfer.

Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane recently addressed Camavinga’s situation and chose not to discuss a lot about a player who is not officially in his squad.

“He is a good player, he is young and has a future,” Zidane said of Camavinga in a press conference ahead of the match against Elche. “But I will not say anything else, he is not our player.”

Eduardo Camavinga of Rennes is arguably the most exciting young talent in world football just now Eduardo Camavinga of Rennes is arguably the most exciting young talent in world football just now Photo: AFP / DAMIEN MEYER

Camavinga’s agent Jonathan Barnett, on the other hand, has remained open to the idea of his client leaving Rennes.

According to Barnett, Camavinga, whom he hyped as someone who could become “the best midfielder in the world,” could cost more than €50 million ($60 million). The agent is also positive that the teenage midfield sensation “will have a choice” from an array of clubs should the Ligue 1 side finally decides to let him go.

“Let’s see what happens later on, but he’s doing well in Rennes and that’s fine,” Barnett said last month. “Being the best midfielder in the world, that’s how I see his future, [with] a lot of medals and a lot of trophies."

"[Real Madrid is] a great club, a great club to play for," he added. "Eduardo [Camavinga] will have a choice of a lot of clubs if Rennes decides to release him. They will be one of the four of five clubs in the world he might go to. Eduardo would love to play for a top club. [Real] Madrid are one of those top clubs in the world, so are Barcelona."