As the transfer window shuts on Tuesday, Arsenal look set to miss out on one of European football’s brightest talents in Eduardo Camavinga, who edges closer to a transfer to Real Madrid.
The 18-year-old had been linked with a move to some of the biggest clubs in world football over the past few months with his contract at Rennes expiring next summer.
Arsenal were one of the clubs interested in the Frenchman, who was seen as a long-term replacement for Granit Xhaka.
However, once Xhaka’s move to Roma collapsed and the Swiss international penned a new deal with the Gunners, Camavinga’s chances of arriving at the Emirates began to diminish.
And to the dismay of Arsenal fans on Monday night, those chances evaporated totally once Canal Plus revealed that the Spanish giants and Rennes had agreed to a reported €30million transfer fee.
However, with the north London side signing Martin Odegaard from Madrid this summer, fans took to Twitter to map out how Camavinga moving to Spain could actually be the start of his journey to the Emirates Stadium.
@FrenkieJR tweeted: “Real Madrid singing Camavinga only to loan him out for 2 seasons to Cadiz and then sell him after that to Arsenal I’ve seen this story before as well.”
@Juice_IH said: “Camavinga to Arsenal, Loan deal in 2025 confirmed ”
It wasn’t all fun and games though, with some Arsenal fans wondering why the club didn’t make a move for a player available for such a cheap price.
@ec_2991 said: “Camavinga to Real Madrid for only €30m. I feel like Arsenal and other PL clubs should’ve been all over him.”
@Mosh108: “So Real Madrid sold Arsenal odegaard and bought Camavinga for less… interesting!”
With Xhaka suspended for the next three games after seeing red against City, and Thomas Partey currently out injured, Camavinga would have been seen as the perfect player to come in and provide a spark to a struggling Gunners team in need of inspiration.
Arsenal are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier league table after three defeats on the bounce, the latest a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, despite Edu and Mikel Arteta signing five players in Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Sabi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares and Odegaard.
Source by Football London