Camavinga: Rennes set lofty price tag as PSG lead race

Rennes will demand €100 million for Eduardo Camavinga, according to a report by RMC Sport. PSG have already approached, while Real Madrid's interest has waned.

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Eduardo Camavinga looks set to be one of the hottest properties on this summer’s transfer market. At 18, the Rennes midfielder has already catapulted himself into the international spotlight and drawn the interest of several of Europe’s top clubs.

Having still not chosen to renew his current deal at the French club beyond 2022, the youngster is ready to take the next step in his career by joining a bigger club, and employed super agent Jonathan Barnett (best known as agent to Gareth Bale) to help him make this move a reality. But Rennes bosses will not make it easy.

“I know Jonathan Barnett, his agent, we have meetings every 15 days. Now that the championship is over, we will sit down with Eduardo to see what can be done. If he can continue for another year, we want it to be so. If he does not extend his contract, a solution will have to be proposed, but the priority is renewal,” Rennes president, Nicolas Holveck, said recently.

And it seems that any team that wants to sign Camavinga will have to dig deep inside their pockets, as, according to reports by RMC, Rennes will demand €100 million for the young French midfielder.

Rennes' French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga fights for the ball with Nimes' Argentine midfielder Andres Cubas during the French L1 football match between Stade Rennais Football Club and Nimes Olympique at The Roazhon Park Stadium in Rennes.

PSG approach; Real Madrid and Bayern out of the race

One club that could afford him is PSG. The Parisian outfit has already approached Rennes, with PSG’s sporting director Leonardo having met with Rennes bosses some weeks ago.

The €100 million price tag, however, has forced Bayern Munich and Real Madrid out of the bidding war -- and is far above Rennes’s €60 million valuation last summer.

Bayern are not willing to pay more than €25 million for a player who ends his contract next summer, while Madrid have ruled him out due to the recent progress shown by academy pearl Antono Blanco, in addition to Modric’s contract extension, which was confirmed on Tuesday.

As a result, Camavinga’s hopes of wearing the white of Madrid look extremely unlikely at the moment, and now even more so considering Rennes’ excessive demands.

Camavinga to make decision after U-21 Euros

Of course the player himself will also have a chief role in deciding on his future. And according to Le Parisien, his intentions are to wait until after the UEFA European Under-21 Championship to make that decision.

The Paris-based newspaper also predicts that the operation for any team that signs Camavinga will ultimately cost between €40 million and €50 million, which is practically half of what Rennes is currently demanding.