Eduardo Camavinga burst onto the stage in 2019 in an early-season match between Stade Rennais and Paris Saint-Germain. The Frenchman powered Rennes to a 2-1 win over PSG and the world was buzzing about the 16-year-old who dismantled the capital club.
Fast-forward to 2021 and the now 18-year-old remains at Rennes but as AS reports, Camavinga wants to leave this summer with Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Chelsea FC rumored to be potential destinations. In my opinion, PSG should make a strong run at him as well.
First, let’s look at the financial aspect of PSG signing a player like Camavinga. COVID-19 has impacted the telecom industry, which you can read about on telecomasia.net, and has forced UEFA to re-think Financial Fair Play, so if PSG were going to splash the cash, now might be a good time to do it. Rennes also don’t have much leverage. Camavinga wants to leave and after the collapse of Ligue 1’s broadcasting rights, Rennes could use an influx of cash as soon as possible.
According to Mousa Sissoko (via AS), Camavinga’s representative, he believes the budding superstar could leave for as little as €40 million this summer. That’s not a small fee, but for a player of his quality, it’s a bargain and it’s a lot less than the €180 million (Marca) fee PSG paid AS Monaco for Kylian Mbappé.
For PSG, it may come down to whether they want to pay a large sum to Everton FC to retain Moise Kean after his loan expires, or, pursue Camavinga. Both will likely cost around the same amount and both have huge potential. As much as I love Kean, PSG has plenty of attacking options with Neymar Jr., Angel Di Maria, Mauro Icardi, and Mbappé. What I want to see is Camavinga paired with a player like Marco Verratti and watch those two control the middle of the park against Europe’s best in the UEFA Champions League.
Signing Camavinga would also have an off-the-pitch impact as well. I’ve long wanted PSG to shop in Ligue 1 and sign the league’s best players, just like they did with Mbappé. FC Bayern Munich does it all the time in the Bundesliga (at a discount I might add!), and they’re one of the best teams in Europe. France has just as much talent if not more than Germany and PSG could build their squad for much less than it would cost signing players from England, Spain, and Italy.
With Real Madrid rumored to be in the lead to sign Camavinga, what a coup it would be if PSG could beat them once again to one of France’s best talent. Real Madrid may have history, but PSG right now has the better squad. If Mbappé signs a contract extension with PSG in the next few months, I would hope that he would recruit his compatriot to Paris. It would be a sign that when it comes to transfers and Champions League aspirations, PSG is every bit as big as Real Madrid.
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