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Frenchman with ‘exorbitant’ transfer wish makes decision over Arsenal link

Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga will snub interest from Arsenal and wants a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, a report claims.

The 18-year-old has quickly become one of the world’s most exciting young talents with his recent rise. Indeed, he made headlines by becoming his club’s youngest debutant in Ligue 1 at the age of 16 in 2019. Since then, he has racked up 81 further first-team outings, including Champions League matches.

Furthermore, he plays at Under-21 level for France and will play a key role in this summer’s European Championship knock-out stages.

As a result of his rise, talk has grown over past months over his future. While Camavinga is his club’s star man, Rennes finished sixth in Ligue 1 this season and the prospects of silverware elsewhere are greater.

Arsenal and Manchester United have had links with his transfer. United still reportedly have doubts over Paul Pogba’s future, while Gunners links have surfaced in recent weeks.

According to RMC Sport, though, he wants to move to the French capital with PSG this summer.

Indeed, Camavinga has told his employers that he does not wish to extend his contract, after months of talks. However, the midfielder made ‘exorbitant’ salary and signing bonus demands.

His contract runs out next summer, which heightens the speculation further as regards his fee. Rennes will want to ensure they get a profit on him, but they may have to accept a lower figure as a result.

Nevertheless, Rennes have started high, demanding €100million (£86.5million) from PSG, which Mauricio Pochettino’s club hope to drive down. Rennes, though, feel it is a fair fee amid his untapped potential.

They also believe that, amid interest from England, they can afford to keep their asking price high.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is in talks with his counterpart Nicolas Holveck over a deal, but the former champions have yet to submit a formal bid.

Camavinga’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, confirmed earlier this month that he has received bids for his client.

Arteta has Odegaard transfer hope

Despite Arsenal’s setback over Odegaard, though, boss Mikel Arteta hopes to keep Martin Odegaard at the club.

The midfielder, who joined the Gunners on loan in January from Real Madrid, made a solid impression.

Reports have claimed that Madrid now see him as a ‘non-transferable’ figure, but Arteta insists that he has belief over a permanent deal.

READ MORE: Arteta names crucial weapon he has given Odegaard to sway Arsenal call

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