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Chelsea join everybody else in monitoring Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga — report

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The most exciting young (defensive) midfielder on the planet is arguably Eduardo Camavinga of Rennes, and therefore it was only a matter of time before he got linked with Chelsea. Here to oblige us are Diario AS, who claim that Chelsea and Manchester United are keeping an eye on the 18-year-old, alongside ... well, everyone else in football, but especially Real Madrid, who have been regularly linked for most of the season.

Chelsea are expected to focus on reinforcing the centre back and striker positions in the upcoming summer transfer window, but other positions might see some attention as well, even if they won’t be top priorities. Defensive midfield could be one of those, especially in light of both N’Golo Kanté and Jorginho turning 30 this year — Kanté in just a couple weeks in fact. A young player with a high trajectory for growth would be an ideal understudy.

While it’s easy to dismiss such stories as idle chatter, Camavinga looks set on leaving Rennes this summer.

Two reasons are said to be driving that decision: Julien Stephan’s sacking as manager, with the team currently 21 points adrift of Champions League qualification for next season, and Camavinga’s contract situation, with his current deal expiring in 2022. Considering the financial troubles prevalent throughout Ligue 1, Rennes supposedly could be willing to do business around €30-40m, which would be extremely cheap indeed.

Camavinga would be a phenomenal signing for the Blues, with the teenager expected to become the world’s best defensive midfielder in the next five years or so. If the reported asking price is really true, Chelsea would be wise to make a cursory attempt at the very least.