Real Madrid ‘eyeing up move for Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga’ as Zinedine Zidane continues search for Casemiro’s understudy… but they will have to fork out £71m for the teenager dubbed as the ‘new Paul Pogba’
- Real Madrid are interested in signing Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga
- The 17-year-old midfielder is being dubbed as the ‘new Paul Pogba’
- Zinedine Zidane sees the teenager as a long-term replacement for Casemiro
- The teenager has a £71million price tag and has two years on his current deal
Real Madrid have identified 17-year-old Eduardo Camavinga as Casemiro’s long-term successor, according to reports in Spain.
The promising midfielder, who is being touted as the ‘new Paul Pogba’, has already made 36 appearances for the Rennes first-team, impressing in a holding role for the Ligue 1 side.
His performances this season have not gone unnoticed and is now a top transfer target for Real – but Los Blancos will need to stump up £71million (€80m) if they want to secure his services, according to MARCA.
Sunday’s front page of MARCA claims Eduardo Camavinga is a top target for Real Madrid
The 17-year-old Rennes midfielder is being touted as the ‘new Paul Pogba’
Zidane has been a long-term admirer of Pogba with the Manchester United midfielder continuously being linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
However, comparisons with Pogba could see Zidane favour the youngster more, with Rennes unlikely to put up as much of a fight as the Red Devils.
Camavinga would also be seen as ‘one for the future’ considering his current midfield options.
Casemiro remains an integral cog in Zidane’s midfield at Real while Fede Valverde has played well this season in his breakthrough year, though is more comfortable further up the pitch.
Similarly, Toni Kroos is more suited to a playmaker role as opposed to a defensive midfield position, meaning Zidane could swoop for compatriot Camavinga.
Zinedine Zidane sees the teenager as a long-term replacement for Casemiro (pictured)
The Real Madrid boss is keen to freshen up his squad once the transfer window reopens
EDUARDO CAMAVINGA IN 2019-20
- Appearances: 36
- Goals: 1
- Assists: 2
- Yellows/Reds: 6/1
Statistics in all competitions according to Transfermarkt
Camavinga has two years left on his current contract with the French club and has attracted interest from Europe’s biggest clubs in recent weeks.
His progress also earned him a call up to the France national team but the coronavirus outbreak will delay him from making his debut for his country.
Real Madrid are currently second in LaLiga with 11 games to go, two points behind fierce rivals Barcelona.
However, the global pandemic has brought sport across the world to an abrupt stop, with football in Spain postponed indefinitely.