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Eduardo Camavinga should be Liverpool's Declan Rice alternative, too

Eduardo Camavinga would be a wonderful alternative to Declan Rice. Liverpool should be getting involved here.

Manchester United want Eduardo Camavinga, according to ESPN. They say Camavinga will almost certainly leave Rennes this summer.

And United are near the front of that queue. Though, the 18-year-old isn’t necessarily their first choice for a new midfielder.

They see Camavinga as an alternative to Declan Rice – a much, much cheaper one. And honestly, Liverpool should see it that way, too.

Eduardo Camavinga or Declan Rice?

Reports came out the other day that Liverpool are also looking at Rice. We say reports – it was a source we’ve never heard of.

‘ExWHUemployee’ claims Liverpool want Rice and that Jurgen Klopp is a big fan. He’s trusted as the absolute best source on West Ham United by our sister site Hammers News and that’s good enough for us.

We think Rice would be a sensational signing. He’s a brilliant player already who can hold his own against top teams and he does it at just 22.

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But he’d also be a very expensive signing. The Telegraph say West Ham want at least £100m for Rice and that’s money that Liverpool almost certainly don’t have.

The Athletic believes the Reds must sell players before buying more, though. That’s not a situation that screams ‘has £100m on hand’.

Maybe Liverpool can get West Ham to lower that price but it would take some supreme negotiation skill. Rice still has three years left on his contract, after all.

So it’s probably worth following United’s strategy here. That’s not something we’d ever recommend, given their transfer fortune over the last few years. Especially when compared to Liverpool’s.

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But Camavinga is a much cheaper, younger alternative that makes far more sense for a club without an enormous amount to spend. He’s an international player in his own right and a very talented one.

In fact, we were singing his praises all the way back in March 2020. Camavinga is someone who feels like a good fit.

And there isn’t exactly a rush to sign a defensive midfielder. Fabinho is still only 27 and anyone Liverpool sign would be behind him in the pecking order.

Camavinga might be an easier signing than Rice, then, as the latter would almost certainly want regular first-team football in order to move.

It’s another factor that makes this work. Camavinga can be a long-term Fabinho replacement who is able to contribute right away. Now, he might not be at Rice’s level yet but as a cheaper alternative, he’s a pretty fantastic one.

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