Manchester United has already reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Jadon Sancho, but they’re now also causing a bit of a headache for Bayern Munich with their interest in Stade Rennais’s Eduardo Camavinga (Mirror).
The French midfielder has been on Bayern’s radar for the better part of the past 12 months, but now he’s also sought after by Manchester United since Leon Goretzka has all but confirmed he is definitely going to stay at Bayern, despite complexities to his contract negotiations.
Per the Mirror, representatives from Manchester United are set to begin discussions with Camavinga’s camp at some point this week because the understanding is that Goretzka will stay at Bayern despite the fact that he’s yet to sign a new contract with Bayern. At Bayern, it’s going to be a long summer of contract negotiating with Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, and Kingsley Coman. There is strong pressure from Coman’s camp to get him a move somewhere in the Premier League, though United has not outwardly expressed their interest in the winger.
Given some of the contract situations at Bayern, combined with Manchester United’s interest in Camavinga, it’s going to make it a lot more difficult for Bayern to try and sign him for the right price. Javi Martinez has already left the club, and Corentin Tolisso’s future is also in question in Bayern’s midfield, so it’s an area of the pitch that Julian Nagelsmann and Bayern’s board need to address.
Camavinga has impressed in his past two seasons at Stade Rennais is his holding midfield role, and in that sense, he would fit the billing quite well at Bayern. In a way, he could be a like-for-like replacement for Martinez, who was also deputized as a center back when needed. Still, he would have to compete for minutes with Kimmich and Goretzka, and likewise Tolisso if he stays beyond this summer.
Having already signed Dayot Upamecano and Omar Richards, it’s unlikely that Bayern would be ready splash the cash for another considerable transfer fee, but the timing could be right for Camavinga. His contract expires at the end of next season and they run the risk of losing him on a free transfer if he’s not sold beforehand. He’s actively chosen not to renew his contract as of yet despite the best efforts from Rennais’ front office. He would likely cost Bayern somewhere around €40 million, which might only be a price Manchester United is willing to pay at this juncture.