A player believed to be on the radar of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur has made the top five in Goal’s NxGn 2020 list, counting down the top 50 football talents born on or after 1 January 2001.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, Liverpool and Spurs are just two of the clubs keen on Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.
As well as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds and Jose Mourinho’s charges, Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are also said to be eager to sign the 17-year-old.
Camavinga entered the world football spotlight with a stunning performance against Paris Saint-Germain back in August, and is already a France Under-21 international.
The composed, skilful box-to-box midfield player looks to have a huge future ahead of him, just like Rennes alumni Sylvain Wiltord, Yann M’Vila and Ousmane Dembele.
According to Goal’s NxGn 2020 list, Camavinga – who is listed at number five – may even go further than the aforementioned trio.
“Sylvain Wiltord, Yann M’Vila, Ousmane Dembele – Rennes have nurtured some fine young footballers down through the years, but Eduardo Camavinga could prove the best of the lot,” wrote Goal.
“The Angola-born France Under-21 international only turned 17 in November but is already a first-team regular at Roazhon Park.
“Last August, he bossed a Paris Saint-Germain midfield containing Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler and Marquinhos as Rennes recorded a shock – but deserved – 2-1 victory over the Ligue 1 champions.
“Highlights of his dominant display quickly went viral, but the most encouraging aspect of Camavinga’s spectacular emergence as one of the most exciting young players in world football is that the sudden media attention has not gone to his head.”
Despite his young age, Camavinga has already shown he’s a cut above, and if he continues in the same way, who knows just how much potential could be untapped and how great he could become in a few years’ time.
It’s not surprising that Spurs, Liverpool, Barca and Real have all been linked with Camavinga, but he won’t come cheap – Rennes reportedly want €50million (£46million) for the teenager, and have seemingly made it clear to clubs that they will be “inflexible” in negotiations this summer.