Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga has reportedly agreed a five-year contract to join Real Madrid.
The midfielder, 18, is one of Rennes’ most valuable assets. He has been heavily linked with Manchester United this summer, but it looks like the Red Devils have decided against a move.
On Monday night, Rennes and Los Blancos agreed on a deal worth €31million (£26.5m) plus add-ons.
The French side were forced into a sale after Camavinga entered the final 12 months of his contract, which he was unwilling to extend.
It remains to be seen whether the Frenchman will link up with Real’s first-team or go out on loan.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti already has Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Federico Valverde available in central midfield. He will also have Dani Ceballos at his disposal once the former Arsenal loanee returns from injury.
Camavinga looks set to become just Real’s second signing of the transfer window. Austria international David Alaba arrived in July after running down his contract with Bayern Munich.
Real are operating with limited resources as their finances have been badly hit by the pandemic. Defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane have left, while attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard joined Arsenal in a £30m deal.
Elsewhere, Liverpool have tied down skipper Jordan Henderson to a new contract. The midfielder will remain at Anfield until the summer of 2025.
He said on the club’s official website: “I’m obviously very honoured and proud to continue the journey I’ve already been on here.
“It’s amazing to finally get it done and just concentrate on looking forward and what the future may hold.
“I’m in a different place of course, as a player and as a person, from when I first walked in. I’ve learned and grown a lot over my time here, and I’ve got to thank a lot of people for that.
“I’ve loved every minute of it, even when I look back at the tough times, I was still enjoying being a part of this football club. The longer I can do that, the better for me really. I want to be here as long as possible, I’ve always said that.
“To continue this journey is incredible for me and my family, and I hope the fans and the club feel the same way.”