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Kylian Mbappe appears set to dominate the headlines as we enter the final throes of the summer transfer window. The Paris Saint-Germain striker is being courted by Real Madrid – and while Manchester United cannot compete for the French star, they can still benefit from the noise around Mbappe.
PSG have been busy in the transfer window, hoovering up free agents Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Gini Wijnaldum, as well as Achraf Hakimi for a fee of £51million.
The Parisian club have also managed to secure Neymar on a new contract to create an all-star line-up for manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino will be targeting a return to the summit of Ligue 1 after Lille crashed their party last season and Champions League success remains the ultimate goal for the Qatari ownership.
While it initially appeared to be a perfect transfer window for PSG, a spanner has been thrown into the works by Real Madrid with just five days left.
ESPN reported on Tuesday evening that Real had seen a £137m (€160m) bid for Mbappe rejected by PSG, but that they intended on returning with further offers.
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Solskjaer could sign another player before the window closes (Image: GETTY)
Mbappe could be on his way to Real Madrid (Image: GETTY)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could really do with another option in holding midfield, where Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic are an uninspiring and slightly one-paced trio.
Enter Eduardo Camavinga, the 18-year-old Rennes midfielder still seeking a new home in the transfer window.
Camavinga has long been touted for a move to the Premier League and United and Real Madrid are known admirers of the Frenchman, who is in the last year of his contract.
With Paul Pogba also 10 months away from becoming a free agent, there is a sense of urgency developing around United’s midfield situation.
Camavinga will not sign a new deal with Rennes and is available for £30m (€35m) according to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano. He is understood to prefer a move to PSG so he can stay in his native France, but the club currently have other priorities.
The fact Rennes are keen to cash in on their young talent, as per ESPN, and Camavinga wants to leave means that United could almost certainly negotiate that price down.
United have already loaned out Axel Tuanzebe, Andreas Pereira and Brandon Williams to free up space in Solskjaer’s squad, but could do with some permanent departures.
If West Ham cough up the cash to sign Jesse Lingard and a home can be found for Phil Jones, then a move for Camavinga is plausible.
The youngster is a dynamic box-to-box talent who, in time, could offer United with the drive their midfield is often lacking beyond Pogba.
As evidenced by the 1-1 draw against Southampton on Sunday, United arguably already have a need for that kind of player. If Pogba leaves on a free transfer in June that need will suddenly become urgent.
With the clock ticking and PSG’s focus elsewhere, United could strike now and complete a near-perfect transfer window.