Liverpool reportedly want Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga. He could be the last piece of the jigsaw at Anfield.
Sport claim that Liverpool are after Camavinga, along with Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Tottenham Hotspur. Rennes supposedly want around £46m for the midfielder, too.
That initially looks like a lot of money for an 17-year-old in his first full senior season. But he may be well worth it.
Camavinga is just 18 but he leads Ligue 1 in tackles this season with 107 (per Whoscored). In fact, despite his tender years, the Frenchman averages 4.3 tackles per game – 0.5 more than anyone else in France’s top flight.
So as far as defensive midfielders go, Camavinga appears to be a prodigious talent, and that would explain why Liverpool may want him.
He’d be the last piece of their youth jigsaw, in truth. Liverpool have talented young players in virtually every role – but they lack a defensive midfielder.
They have an impressive goalkeeper in Caoimhín Kelleher. There are two very exciting Dutch centre-backs in Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever. Neco Williams is an incredibly promising full-back.
Curtis Jones looks set to be a fantastic attacking midfielder, while Harvey Elliott is an elite-looking winger. Then up top, there’s Rhian Brewster who looks very good in the Championship.
So while Camavinga wouldn’t complete an XI, he would add the last role that the young side lacks. At £46m, he’d be by far the most expensive of the lot but in getting him, Liverpool would essentially confirm a wonderfully promising future.