Real Madrid have announced the signing of midfielder Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes.
The 18-year-old France international agreed a six-year contract with Los Blancos in a deal that could cost up to €45million, according to reports.
It is the first time Madrid have spent money on a transfer fee since 2019, when they signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea for €100m.
Camavinga had been linked with a host of major European clubs, including Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, but Madrid elected to make a late push to sign him before the transfer deadline after it became clear that landing Kylian Mbappe from PSG would be impractical.
The teenager, who made 71 Ligue appearances for Rennes and 88 in total, is Madrid’s second signing of this window following the free transfer of David Alaba from Bayern Munich.
At 18 years and nine months old, he is the youngest outfield player to feature in that many games in France’s top flight since Basile Boli in 1985.
In making his senior France debut on September 8 last year, Camavinga was the youngest player to do so since Maurice Gastiger against Luxembourg 107 years ago.
Only Gastiger (17 years and five months) scored for Les Bleus at a younger age than Camavinga, who was 17 years and 11 months old when he netted against Switzerland last October.
In 2019-20, Camavinga’s breakthrough season at Rennes, he attempted 105 tackles in top-flight football. Among midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues, only Declan Rice (116) and Wilfred Ndidi (129) attempted more.
Camavinga will provide competition in midfield for Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Federico Valverde at Madrid.