Man Utd's John Murtough to implement risky Eduardo Camavinga transfer plan

Manchester United have shifted their transfer policy with the swift deal for Jadon Sancho, but John Murtough and Matt Judge have a different tactic for their pursuit of Eduardo Camavinga

Manchester United are hoping to drive Eduardo Camavinga’s price by testing Rennes’ patience up until the deadline.

The Red Devils left it late to bring in recruits last summer, after frustrating pursuits of Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho came up short.

Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani and Facundo Pellistri all signed in the final hours of a summer window that frustrated supporters and failed to address the biggest needs in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

Ed Woodward received the most criticism for that scattergun approach, following a pattern seen in January 2020, when a mad scramble led to Odion Ighalo signing on deadline day.

There has been a shake-up behind the scenes at Old Trafford since then, with football director John Murtough and chief negotiator Matt Judge taking full control of transfers.

The difference in approach has been clear to see with Jadon Sancho’s transfer agreed while most of Europe had their eyes firmly fixed on the culmination of Euro 2020.

Sancho’s arrival may not have been formally announced, but the £72.9million deal is the most high-profile of any club in the Premier League.

Negotiations with Real Madrid for Raphael Varane are also advanced and could be completed with almost a month remaining before the season kicks off.

Solskjaer has made it clear that United must start quickly in the upcoming season, after losing three of their first seven games in the 2020/21 campaign.

“We have to start better than last season. We didn’t get off to a decent start at all," Solskjaer told MUTV after Sunday's friendly win over Derby.

“You don’t win the league, but you can lose the chance of winning the league in the first six or seven games."

But it seems they will be taking a different approach in the race for Camavinga, with the Athletic suggesting they are willing to wait it out in order to get a cheaper deal.

The French midfielder has just 12 months remaining on his deal and after rejecting an extension, there is a feeling that Rennes will eventually sell.

It’s a sizable risk however, with a host of Europe’s top clubs chasing Camavinga’s signature.

Real Madrid and PSG are both believed to be monitoring the situation and there is a feeling that the player himself would prefer a move to Spain.

Currently, no club has formalised their interest in the 18-year-old, meaning United could steal a march on their rivals.

“For the moment, we don’t have an agreement on one side or the other. For the moment, Eduardo is here,” Rennes sporting director Florian Maurice said.

There are discussions that exist between the clubs, with the player as well.

“We still haven’t found a solution.

“We’re not obliged to sell a player who has a year left of his contract. Today, there has been no official proposal on the president’s desk.”

Murtough and Judge have eased fears around United’s work in the transfer window, but their tactic to sign Camavinga could backfire.