Man Utd identify Real Madrid transfer target as player they want to replace Paul Pogba

Manchester United have identified Rennes’ teenage sensation Eduardo Camavinga as the player they want to replace Paul Pogba, according to reports. Pogba once again fuelled speculation over his future at Old Trafford last week by stating his dream would be to play for Real Madrid. And now it is claimed United are eyeing up Camavinga, who is also wanted by Real.

Camavinga does not turn 18 until November and has already won two caps for France.

He became the youngest France debutant since 1914 when he came on as a substitute in the 4-2 Nations League win over Croatia in September, aged 17 years and 303 days.

Camavinga was once again called up for the current international break and scored his first international goal in the 7-1 win over Ukraine last Wednesday.

Camavinga has already made 49 first-team appearances for Rennes and has attracted strong interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.

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And now Spanish outlet AS claim United have earmarked the midfielder as a signing for the future if Pogba were to leave.

Pogba, 27, sees his current United contract expire at the end of this season, though the club are highly likely to trigger the option they have to extend it by a further year.

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Last week’s comments were not the first time Pogba has revealed his desire to one day play for Real.

Manager Zinedine Zidane has also stated his wish to take Pogba to the Bernabeu before.

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However, Zidane is also desperate to sign Camavinga and only missed out on him this summer due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Real.

AS say Camavinga’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, has told Real his client may not still be available for a transfer next summer.

The report says United are a “great threat” to Real for the signature of the teenager.

The news comes in response to the comments made by Pogba in the build up to France’s Nations League match against Portugal at the weekend.

“Many things have been said,” Pogba told a news conference last week.

“Of course, every footballer would love to play for Real Madrid and would dream about that. It’s a dream of mine, so why not one day?

“But I’m at Manchester United and I love my club. I play for Manchester United, I want to perform well for them and do everything to get them back to where they deserve to be.”

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