Real Madrid can afford to wait for their top midfield transfer target

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Real Madrid need to do whatever they can to sign a world-class forward this summer. The goal-scoring issues post-Cristiano Ronaldo have gone on for too long, and it would be malpractice to ask the veteran Karim Benzema to carry the attack both as a goal-scorer and assist-provider in the 2021-2022 season.

But beyond the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland up top, Los Blancos need to have eyes on other positions of need in the squad. Left back or center back could be options in the summer 2021 transfer market, but center midfielder is also a position that cannot be overlooked, especially if Dani Ceballos and Isco are indeed sold.

Eduardo Camavinga has long been pinpointed as a top target for Real Madrid. There was a point in time when he was mentioned as frequently as Mbappe as a possible transfer from Ligue 1 to the Royal Whites.

Although Camavinga has cooled a bit in 2020-2021 after his meteoric rise as a 16-17-year-old phenom for Rennes, he is still the most promising midfield prospect in the world. Camavinga could be an elite player one day, and Florentino Perez probably does not want to miss out on him.

Real Madrid still appear to be the favorites for Eduardo Camavinga

According to a report from Marco Ruiz of AS, it sounds like Eduardo Camavinga is willing to wait for Real Madrid in order to make his dream move to the Santiago Bernabeu a reality.

There had previously been questions about how willing Camavinga was to wait on Real, but it appears he is understanding of the economic situation and is perfectly happy to keep developing and wait things out for Rennes in Ligue 1.

The likes of PSG and Bayern Munich have been linked to Camavinga, so Real Madrid are not without competition for the well-rounded center midfielder. But they appear to be in the driver’s seat based on Camavinga’s own wishes. And although PSG have more funds and Bayern have an even bigger hole in midfield, it’s hard to envision a move for Camavinga being imminent from the perspective of either of those European powerhouses.

AS reports that Camavinga hasn’t received any tempting offers to this point, and that would certainly help Real’s case. The report also mentions that it may be best for the 18-year-old to keep developing at Rennes. He showed great talent in 2019-2020 even against the likes of PSG head-to-head, but he still needs confidence and consistency before he can play significant minutes at a club like Real Madrid, for example.

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Whereas Kai Havertz wasn’t willing to wait last summer and Mbappe may haven no reason to wait this summer, there are multiple factors pointing towards Camavinga staying with Rennes. He remains at the top of the list for Los Blancos in midfield and a great candidate for a 2022 or even 2023 transfer.