Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Eduardo Camavinga, as they have sensed an opportunity to sign the midfielder for a cut-price.

According to Daily Mail, Manchester United have made contact with Rennes over the potential transfer for Eduardo Camavinga. The Ligue 1 outfit is expected to cash in on their prized asset this summer, as the player has appeared unwilling to extend a contract that expires at the end of next season.

Rennes are trying to avoid that scenario by agreeing to a sale, with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain appearing as the two options. The Red Devils, it seems, have stepped up their pursuit as well, not only contacting Rennes but also scheduling a meeting with Camavinga’s representatives this week.

It could go a long way in helping Manchester United get the edge over PSG in the chase, especially knowing that the 18-year-old midfielder favours remaining in France.

It remains unknown as to how much the youngster is expected to cost. But earlier reports did suggest a fee of around €50 million, which is quite reasonable for a player of his calibre. It also makes him a far more cost-effective option than the likes of Declan Rice or Saul Niguez, who are expected to exceed the €80 million mark.

In the meantime, Manchester United are still dipped in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over the move for Jadon Sancho. The Englishman is expected to cost around €90 million, which will certainly cripple United’s financial powers, to an extent.

On Arsenal and Manchester United's radar. (Picture by Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

On Manchester United’s radar. (Picture by Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, is determined to add more quality to his midfield department. He wants an upgrade over Fred or Scott McTominay – someone who can prove to be an ideal partner for the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the Manchester United midfield.

Camavinga fits the bill perfectly due to his ball progression, defensive positioning and ability to read the game. It might make him an ideal cog in Manchester United’s second line of press whilst providing optimum support for Fernandes in the number ten role.

The Frenchman has already established himself as one of Europe’s most gifted young players. And at the age of just 18, he has the potential to become one of the best in the world, thus making him a smart long-term investment for Manchester United this summer.

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However, it will be interesting to see whether PSG can prise him away instead of Manchester United. The Ligue 1 giants certainly have the financial means to do so, although it remains to be seen how that might change after the likely arrival of Chelsea target Achraf Hakimi.

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