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Man United closing in on Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga

Manchester United are making progress in attempts to sign the midfielder Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes. The 18-year-old is a France international with three caps but went to the Under-21 European Championship rather than Euro 2020 this year.

Rennes are open to selling Camavinga for about €30m because they could otherwise lose him for nothing next summer, when his contract is due to expire. He has been a long-term target for United and other clubs, notably Paris Saint-Germain, are also interested.

Camavinga, who has been selected for this month’s Olympics, last August became – at 17 years, nine months and 17 days – the youngest player called into a France senior squad since 1932. He came on against Croatia the following month, becoming their youngest debutant since 1914, according to Opta.

A product of the Rennes academy, he made his first-team debut in 2019 aged 16 and has played 67 Ligue 1 games for the club.

Last week United confirmed they had agreed to sign the England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. The club intend to further strengthen Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s squad provided deals reflect the economic climate, and Camavinga appears to fit that bracket.

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