Eduardo Camavinga refusing new contract to land £86m PSG transfer amid Arsenal interest
According to RMC Sport, Eduardo Camavinga is refusing to sign a new contract with Stade Rennais in hopes of forcing through a summer transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, amid interest from Arsenal.
Discussions between Camavinga and Rennes have persisted for several months with his current deal set to expire next summer, but no progress has been made as the Ligue 1 outfit deem his demands to be ‘exorbitant’.
Camavinga is thought to have been chasing a vastly lucrative wage plus a signing-on bonus, and has informed the Roazhon Park outfit that he no longer intends to extend his contract.
Instead, Camavinga hopes to force through a move to Paris Saint-Germain, who have a mutual interest in the 18-year-old wonderkid after registering their interest with Rennes, with his file sitting on the desk of club President Nasser Al Khelaifi.
The Parisian outfit, who finished the season as runners up to LOSC Lille for the Ligue 1 title, are yet to submit an offer, with Rennes valuing the midfielder at €100million (£86m) as he is one of the best up-and-coming talents in world football and has a wealth of admirers.
Among which are Arsenal, who Le 10 Sport earlier this month claimed are doing everything they can to position the club well in hopes of adding Camavinga to Mikel Arteta’s ranks in the summer transfer window.
It is partly down to the interest from top English clubs that RMC Sport note Rennes owner Francois Pinault is refusing to negotiate Camavinga’s valuation, while previously also linked with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich (Marca).
Arsenal going toe-to-toe with PSG for the transfer of Camavinga would seem unlikely with Rennes refusing to budge on their £86m valuation, given reports by football.london that Arteta and Technical Director Edu will look to sell several players to increase their budget.
There would be little doubt in the Gunners adding a very promising and highly coveted option if a deal with Rennes were to be attainable, with Camavinga’s agent Jonathan Barnett quoted by the Manchester Evening News singing the midfielder’s praises:
“His character is amazingly strong. He is not your average 18-year-old. Playing in front of 100,000 people is not going to scare him. He’s a lovely boy and I think he’s going to be a superstar.”
But Arsenal would also have to convince the ‘superstar’ in the making of a move to the Emirates over his preferred destination of Le Parc des Princes, with the hurdles seemingly stacking up against the Gunners in the race to sign Camavinga this summer.
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