Real Madrid reportedly told Eduardo Camavinga to avoid joining Manchester United back in the summer transfer window. The France international is wanted by Zinedine Zidane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But where he ultimately goes is something only time will tell.
Real and United have both been following Camavinga’s career with great interest over the past 12 months.
The 18-year-old is already a household name in France after shining for Rennes last term, helping them finish third in the Ligue 1 table – behind only Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille.
He recently made his debut for the France national team and is viewed as one of the best wonderkids European football currently has to offer.
As a result, interest is beginning to arise.
United feel Camavinga would be the ideal replacement for Paul Pogba, who is likely to leave Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign.
But, according to Ok Diario, Real told the 18-year-old not to move to the Theatre of Dreams or PSG back in the summer transfer window.
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They reportedly insisted they’d come in for him at a later date, opting against a big-money move because of the way the coronavirus crisis is impacting their finances.
And it means the La Liga titans are currently frontrunners in the race to sign Camavinga when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign.
United may have to look elsewhere if they’re to sell Pogba.
And Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher recently launched a scathing attack on the 27-year-old, saying: “He’s possibly never done well in any position or tactical set up that different managers have had.
“Would I pick him in the Manchester United team? No, I wouldn’t.
“He’s a huge name, he’s come for a huge transfer fee, but I don’t think he’s a great player.
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“People say he’s won the World Cup and I get that.
“But when he came in I thought he might have the impact like [Frank] Lampard at Chelsea, [Steven] Gerrard at Liverpool, Yaya Toure at Man City – those players drove their team to titles, European Cups.
“When you’re that man who’s seen as the one to take United to the next level, which people might say it’s too much pressure to put on one man, but that’s what we were told was coming.
“It just hasn’t happened for him at Manchester United. For me, I’d be looking to move him on.”
Carragher also slammed Pogba for his lack of discipline when it comes to defending.
“Manchester United have to play two holding midfield players because it’s been proven that when Pogba has played in one of those advanced positions – against Crystal Palace and Brighton – you got counter attacked and it was so open,” he said.
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“Pogba cannot play central midfield because it leaves you too exposed. We highlighted that and analysed that on Monday Night Football.
“In terms of playing Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba ahead of one sitting midfielder, like Man City did under Pep Guardiola with [Kevin] De Bruyne and [David] Silva in those positions, we almost imagine that they float around the pitch and did what they wanted.
“Pep Guardiola doesn’t accept that. He plays a positional game where each player has to be disciplined and stick to their position. Fernandes and Pogba are not disciplined.
“They are probably two of the most undisciplined players in the Premier League.
“You can maybe carry one but you can’t play the two of them. It’s one or the other.”
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