Rennes president Nicolas Holveck says Eduardo Camavinga ‘won’t be leaving for nothing’ amid rumours of a Manchester United move.
The France U21 international is one of the best young players in the world and looks set for a major transfer in the future.
He’s already played 67 times in Ligue 1 despite being just 18 years old.
United are firmly in the race for his signature, alongside European heavyweights Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
The three sides are hopeful of a summer transfer for the central midfielder as his contract expires next year.
Speaking about the situation, Holveck said (via Goal’s Robin Bairner): “Everything is open, either for an eventual departure or for him to extend his contract. He’s not going to leave for nothing.
“We’ve had lots of talks but nothing is done in one sense or another.”
Recent reports have suggested United are ‘serious’ about signing the Rennes star, although they are in ‘no rush’ to do so.
The Red Devils are willing to see how the situation unfolds over the next few months.
Camavinga could be available for a cut-price fee of £25.7million if a new contract with the French side cannot be agreed.
Chelsea are the only other Premier League outfit known to be keen on the player.
They entered the transfer race earlier this month. However, Thomas Tuchel’s strong midfield options, which includes N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, makes a move this summer unlikely.
Camavinga is a Rennes academy graduate who was promoted to their first team in January 2019. He made his league debut in a 3-3 draw with Angers three months later, becoming the club’s youngest ever player in the process.
He is the latest gem to be produced by Rennes. France winger Ousmane Dembele came through the club’s youth setup before being snapped up by Borussia Dortmund in 2016.
His move to Barcelona a year later made him one of the most expensive players of all time.
Abdoulaye Doucoure is another example. The midfield enforcer was with Rennes’ first team between 2012 and 2016 before joining Watford for £9.54m.
He now plays for Everton and will push for a starting spot under Rafa Benitez in the new campaign.