Manchester City, Woolwich and Tottenham in hunt for 16-year-old Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga after he starred in win over PSG
Manchester City, Woolwich and Tottenham are hot on the trail of Rennes' teenage wonder-kid Eduardo Camavinga.
The Premier League trio all had scouts at Roazhon Park to watch the 16 year-old midfielder steal the show and inspire Rennes to a shock 2-1 win over French giants Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night.
Tottenham were keen to sign Camavinga during his breakthrough campaign last season when he made his first seven senior appearances before being handed three more starts so far this year.
But his list of admirers, which also includes Barcelona and Real Madrid, is growing and interest is mounting in the Angola-born left footer after he made Europe sit up and take note with his PSG performance.
Camavinga stunned observers with the maturity of his midfield display, despite his tender years and against the much more experienced opponents such as Marco Verratti and Marquinhos.
Camavinga more than held his own, catching the eye with his range of passing - he completed all but one of his 41 passes - dribbling and close control, bravery on the ball and also by setting up Rennes' winning goal.
Rennes boss Julien Stephan said: 'He played a match, indeed, like the whole team - very interesting.
'We are talking to him. He is someone who is also very well-constructed intellectually, who knows how to question himself, who knows how to ask the right questions.
'Many of the pros have taken him under their wing, because he is very respectful in the dressing room and very attentive to their advice. He blossomed with us this summer.'
Camavinga has primarily been used as a defensive midfielder during his Rennes senior career but his technical and physical attributes have earned him comparisons with Manchester United and France star Paul Pogba.
He is in the process of gaining French nationality, having moved to the country when he was six, and his excited youth coaches believe he has what it takes to one day be even more influential in the national team's midfield than Pogba and N'Golo Kante.
And in a connection to another of France's senior stars, Camavinga has the same agent - Moussa Sissoko - as Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.
Demebele also started his career at Rennes, coming through the ranks before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2016 and then Barcelona in a deal worth up to £135.5m a year later.