Man United in advanced talks with 17-year-old Ligue 1 starlet

Red Devils are interested in signing Stade Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga and reportedly view him as the long-term successor to Paul Pogba. Norwegian coach already has several areas in the squad that need reinforcing in the transfer market, but Paul’s current deal situation could quickly see a new midfielder to become the top priority.

Pogba is stalling over new terms, with his current contract expiring in 18 months, and that could force Man United to sell rather than risk losing their record signing for nothing.

Red Devils have set their sights on U21 France international as a long-term replacement for Pogba, though they will have plenty of contest for one of Europe’s highest-rated teenagers.

Eduardo has made himself a mainstay of the Rennes midfield, starting all 12 of their Ligue 1 games this campaign and impressing with his precocious ability on the ball, composed passing and powerful dribbling.

Although born in Angola, Camavinga obtained French citizenship at the start of November and was immediately called up to the Under-21 side for matches with Georgia and Switzerland, replacing Matteo Guendouzi, who moved up to the senior squad.

Despite his tender years, Red Devils would have to stump up a large sum to convince Rennes to sell the 17-year-old starlet, who is believed to have a £26m release clause. French club is something of a talent factory, with the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Ismaila Sarr coming through the club in recent years.

Man United are not the only club interested in the youngster either, with Barcelona keen to bring him to Camp Nou while Real Madrid’s French boss Zinedine Zidane is well aware of his compatriot’s ability.