Ligue 1 has over the years proved a fertile breeding ground for European football’s top young talents, and the current crop is particularly strong.
Houssem Aouar, Lyon’s 22-year-old midfield maestro, appears destined for a move to one of the continent’s heavyweights while Kylian Mbappe, still only 21, remains the most coveted youngster on the planet with perhaps the exception of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
Then there is Eduardo Camavinga, who has been one of the chief architects in Rennes’ rise over the last 18 months.
After finishing 10th in 2018/19, Rennes jumped up the Ligue 1 standings last season, securing third behind Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille to clinch a Champions League spot.
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And despite having only turned 18 earlier this month, Camavinga has played a major role for Rennes boss Julien Stephan.
With scouts from Europe’s top clubs watching his progress with interest, we take a deeper look at Camavinga and look at what the exciting midfielder would offer Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, who are just two of the clubs that have been touted as possible future destinations for the Frenchman.
Who is he?
Born in Angola, Camavinga has lived in France since the age of two. He joined Rennes when he was 11 and rose through their youth ranks before becoming the club’s youngest-ever player when he made his debut in April 2019, just four months after turning 16.
Since then, the teenager has been a regular fixture in Stephan’s line-up, starting 24 Ligue 1 games last season.
His rapid development has been recognised at international level, too, with Camavinga earning his France debut in September’s Nations League win over Croatia.
A few weeks later, he marked his first start for Les Bleus with a spectacular overhead kick to open the scoring in the…