Liverpool target Eduardo Camavinga is negotiating over a new contract extension at Rennes.
L’Equipe report Camavinga is ‘on track’ to sign a new deal which would extend his contract 2022 to 2023.
This seems a swift and sensible play from the Ligue 1 outfit. It is all about strengthening their hand at the negotiating table.
A new contract would exterminate any prospects of Liverpool looking to strike a deal in January, despite The Athletic reporting that this was unlikely to happen anyway.
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It effectively means Rennes will not lose him for cheap next summer, when there is one year left on his deal as it stands.
Camavinga, 18, is still likely to be sold next summer – the extended deal simply inflates his price-tag to a more substantial amount.
Camavinga is France’s equivalent of Jude Bellingham, a young defensive midfielder who is already a senior international looking to set Europe ablaze.
He has already clocked up two international caps, scoring on one of those occasions. Camavinga also has made 52 appearences for Rennes contributing two goals and three assists.
Real Madrid have so far expressed the significant interest and have been heavily touted as the favourites to sign him. AS reports that Manchester United are also keen.
Rennes are about to throw an ace in the hole by bracing themselves for a bidding war, and Liverpool look primed to be in the heat of the action.
With Jurgen Klopp contracted at the club until 2024, the Liverpool manager will be looking to add the next crop of generational talent of Anfield superstars.
Camavinga certainly has the quality to fit that particular criteria.