Real Madrid Transfers: Why Eduardo Camavinga cannot be a priority anymore

Eduardo Camavinga (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)
Eduardo Camavinga (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid fans have a wishlist of talented young stars they’d love Los Blancos to sign in the 2021 summer transfer window – as all fanbases do. But they know that due to the economic realities created by the COVID-19 pandemic, they cannot get many of the players they dream of. It’s entirely possible that they, for a second straight transfer window, can’t get anyone.

With limited financial resources, the transfer window is a game of priorities. There are must-haves, nice-to-haves, and must-nots.

Before the pandemic, Eduardo Camavinga seemed to be on the “must-have” list. He emerged on Real’s radar in the Fall of 2019 after a sensational performance for Rennes against PSG, and he did not look back, producing one of the finest Ligue 1 seasons in midfield despite only being 17 years old.

Now, though, Camavinga is no longer a priority. He is a “nice-to-have” midfielder. Though Real Madrid would love to have a player with Camavinga’s quality and upside in their ranks, they may have to let him pursue a different dream.

Real Madrid’s midfield is likely too crowded for Eduardo Camavinga

Camavinga will have one year left on his contract and won’t renew with Rennes. The pathway is clear for him to be transferred, and if the price is right, Real Madrid could swoop in.

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But so many other teams should be interested in Camavinga. PSG may be candidates within Ligue 1. Bayern Munich need a midfielder, always have cash on-hand, and seem to be very interested in signing Camavinga this summer.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have bigger problems. Another midfielder would be beneficial, but the position is a bit too crowded for Camavinga to get the match time he needs to develop into the superstar player he is fully capable of becoming.

First, there is the old guard. Casemiro, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos still comprise the world’s best midfield trio, all the years later. Fede Valverde is a starting-caliber midfielder in his own right and one of the most valuable on the planet at his position. 

Then there is Antonio Blanco, who impressed in his start against Cadiz and looks like a future star in his own right. Finally, Real Madrid have Martin Odegaard set to return on loan as an attacking midfielder.

Dani Ceballos and Isco likely have no future in Madrid, but that list above still gives Real Madrid potentially six very good midfielders. Based on all of their performances in 2020-2021, Eduardo Camavinga might not even be a top-five midfielder at Real Madrid next season.

Camavinga is a special talent. I think anyone who saw him play in 2019-2020 knows what this man is capable of as a ball-carrying midfielder and defensively. But he is still growing. His current performances with Rennes show the ups and downs and the need for patience. At Real Madrid, Camavinga would not get that same grace due to the pressures associated with the club. And he would not get enough playing time. Just ask Odegaard how tough it is to break into the lineup!

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There’s a part of me that would love to see Camavinga at Real next season, but it might not be what’s best for the young man. He is still someone Real need to monitor and keep in contact with, because he is way too good to ignore. However, for the reasons of fit and limited resources, Los Merengues cannot consider the French international a transfer priority.