Manchester United subject of ‘negotiation tactic’ before Eduardo Camavinga meeting

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Manchester United are set to meet with Eduardo Camavinga’s entourage this week. And it’s been claimed that, before those talks commence, Rennes’ £85million price tag for the 18-year-old is merely a negotiating tactic. News of the club’s interest in the France international broke over the weekend and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen for a deal to be struck.

Manchester United are putting the final touches on a deal for Jadon Sancho.

But with the Borussia Dortmund star all but signed already, John Murtough and the club’s top brass are eyeing further additions.

It emerged over the weekend that United were interested in Camavinga, who is one of Europe’s hottest prospects.

It was also claimed Rennes would want a fee in the region of £85m to let the midfielder go, despite him having just a year left on his current contract.

Yet RMC Sport’s Mohamed Bouhafsi has claimed it’s merely a ‘negotiating tactic’.

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United wouldn’t go that high for a player who will be available for nothing in a year’s time, regardless of how much they rate him.

And the Red Devils are hopeful they can beat Paris Saint-Germain to the teenager, despite the Ligue 1 giants currently being the player’s priority.

Should United sign Camavinga, he’d likely play at the base of their midfield.

That would mean Fred and Scott McTominay having to make do with a place on the bench, despite the obvious qualities of the Brazil and Scotland internationals.

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes would then be given license to roam.

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And Solskjaer would likely deploy Sancho up top alongside Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford, meaning Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood would be good substitute options.

Camavinga and Sancho aren’t the only targets for Solskjaer.

He also wants to land Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane, whose time at the Bernabeu appears to be winding down.

Varane has won the lot during his time at the Bernabeu and is keen to leave for a new challenge, just like former team-mate Sergio Ramos.

And Nicky Butt, speaking to Ladbrokes recently, expressed a belief that the France international would be a fine addition for Solskjaer’s team.

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“For me, next season has to be about getting some silverware back in that trophy cabinet for Manchester United,” Butt said.

“It’s about getting the right players who will allow you to challenge for trophies.

“It’s a winning club, so we can’t go this long without silverware.

“The biggest thing that needs addressing for me at Manchester United this summer is that centre-back position; we need a partner for Harry Maguire.

“It has to be someone that’s going to be compatible with Maguire.

“If you spend the kind of money you did on Harry Maguire, you then have to follow it up by bringing someone in who can play with him.

“He’s the club captain; Victor Lindelof is too similar to him. It needs to be someone with pure, blistering pace, someone who can play out from the back.

“Everyone talks about Raphael Varane. I understand he’s a little bit older than most people would perhaps like, but you just have to go back to the days of Teddy Sheringham.

“I think we bought him when he was 32, and we went and won the treble with him. If Varane is available, then I’d go all out for him.”

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