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The agent of Manchester United target Eduardo Camavinga has irked Rennes chiefs in his attempts to engineer a summer move away for his client, according to reports. The Red Devils have been credited with a strong interest in Camavinga, who has emerged as one of Europe’s finest young players in recent years.
Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be keeping tabs on the midfielder as sporting director Leonardo weighs up an approach for his services.
Camavinga made 39 appearances for Rennes in all competitions last season, with his performances in the middle of the park helping the club to achieve a sixth-placed finish in Ligue 1.
However, his current contract is due to expire next summer and he is understood to have no intention of signing a new one.
The situation leaves Rennes with a dilemma over whether to cash in on Camavinga this month or risk losing him on a free transfer in a year’s time.
His agent, Jonathan Barnett, is believed to be keen on United as a potential destination if he is shipped out ahead of this month’s deadline.
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Camavinga has been heavily linked with United and PSG (Image: GETTY)
And it seems as though the 71-year-old, who represents many of the planet’s highest-profile footballers, has been ruffling feathers at Rennes as he looks to find a solution with regards to Camavinga’s future.
Club chiefs are beginning to grow tired of Barnett’s behaviour, with owner Francois-Henri Pinault particularly annoyed, according to Le 10 Sport.
It is claimed that Rennes will increase Camavinga’s asking price as a result of his agent’s influence on the situation, with the player’s minimum value now set at £33.8million.
However, the French outfit’s stubbornness could potentially work in United’s favour if the 20-time Premier League champions decide to act on their reported interest in the young midfielder this month.
The teenage midfielder has a year left on his current deal (Image: GETTY)
It is said that PSG could baulk at Camavinga’s new price after completing a number of marquee signings in recent months.
The likes of Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos have already joined the Parisian giants this summer.
The aforementioned trio have now been accompanied by none other than Lionel Messi, who has accepted the offer of a two-year contract at the Parc des Princes.
While most of PSG’s business has centred around the free agents market, they will undoubtedly be splashing a huge amount of money on wages, bonuses and signing-on fees for their new recruits.
Rennes’ decision to raise their demands for Camavinga could allow United to swoop in as a result.
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United finished as Premier League runners-up last season (Image: EXPRESS)
Barnett recently declared that a number of prestigious European sides have already expressed a strong interest in the midfielder’s services ahead of the new season.
“Believe me we have a lot of offers for this year, a lot of offers, and good ones, I mean top, top clubs,” Barnett told SNTV back in May.
“He is good enough [to play for a Champions League club]. But we don’t want to rush anybody. I am an old man and I’ve learnt a lot of lessons in football as well.
“There is the right time to move on and playing games is the most important thing at his age. Playing in a good club is nice and learning for him.
“It might be this year he wants to have another year. He has got to talk to his family, his father. We will all sit down and decide.”