The January transfer window has only just closed, but the football transfer rumour mill never stop churning out speculation. That has been proven over the past few weeks, with Hakim Ziyech completing a move to Chelsea, Manchester United believed to be monitoring Jadon Sancho and Liverpool weighing up an offer for Timo Werner. Real Madrid have also been the subject of much conjecture.
Most recently, the Santiago Bernabeu club have been linked with a move for Eduardo Camavinga, the 17-year-old who has made quite the impression for Rennes in Ligue 1 this season. Real Madrid have tracked the midfielder for some time, but Camavinga is playing at such a level, showing such promise, that almost every elite European side are sure to at least register their interest.
Camavinga would provide good cover for Casemiro, with the teenager playing in the same position as the Brazilian. While the Rennes man would surely receive some first team football at Real Madrid, his signing would be an investment in the future. As footballing teenagers go, there aren’t many better than Camavinga at this point in time.
His signing would follow a recent trend for Los Blancos. Renowned for targeting the very best in the transfer market, ‘Galacticos’ as they have been dubbed, Real Madrid have instead chased the best young talent in recent years. This isn’t to say that they no longer sign players in their peak – see Eden Hazard, for example – but Real Madrid are casting one eye to the future with their transfer policy.
They made just one signing in January, with Reinier Jesus making the move to the Spanish capital from Flamengo for £26 million. The teenage Brazilian won’t feature much between now and the end of the season, but he has been signed with the future in mind. He is seen as a playmaker in the mould of someone like Kaka.
Rodrygo also pitched up at Real Madrid last summer, joining Los Blancos for a deal worth around €45 million to sign the young winger. And then there was Vinicius Junior, who arrived in the Spanish capital for around the same fee 12 months previously. Real Madrid are building a team of promising young players they hope will sustain them for the next decade. Camavinga, if Real Madrid are indeed interested, would fit the bill.
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