Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is determined to get a deal done for Rennes rookie Eduardo Camavinga, it’s claimed.
The 17-year-old one of the hottest prospects in Europe and a host of heavyweights are monitoring his development with interest.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United are all jockeying for position.
The exciting midfielder is already a first-team player at Rennes, who currently sit third in Ligue 1.
Rennes look likely to instigate a bidding war for their prized asset once the coronavirus crisis is over.
It’s thought they value Camavinga at an eye watering £46m. According to Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo, Kopp chief Klopp wants a deal sorter sooner rather than later.
It’s suggested Klopp has personally asked Anfield bigwigs to make sure he gets his man.
Tottenham reportedly had transfer enquiries turned down before Christmas and Rennes president Olivier Letang declared discussions over his future would be held at the end of the campaign.
“If it only depended on me, I would like to keep him for another 10 years. Aside from that, there are approaches, a market and the desires of the player,” he said.
“We will meet to discuss it a little later on. Probably at the end of the season.”
Klopp only made one signing in January. Takumi Minamino arrived for £7.25m from Red Bull Salzburg.
The midfielder has made just three Premier League appearances since swapping Austria for Merseyside.
Minamino says he’s happy on Merseyside, though.
“In the last three months there have been areas which I’m quite happy about,” Minamino said.
“But personally I would love to contribute more to goals and assists – I’m feeling very hungry about that.
“I don’t really know how much I still need to learn. But day by day, I’m feeling that I understand his [Klopp’s] philosophies and I’m getting better.
“I have to show results. I think this is very important in order to win trust from the teammates and trust from the supporters. I think this is a very important thing that I have to achieve.”