Real Madrid failed with a €200m (£171.7m) deadline-day bid for Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé but landed another exciting young France international in Eduardo Camavinga.
Camavinga, an 18-year-old midfielder, joined on a six-year contract from Rennes for €31m, with up to €9m to follow in add-ons. But Madrid were forced to accept defeat in their pursuit of Mbappé – at least for the time being – when PSG declined to respond to their latest offer.
Madrid’s bid would have guaranteed PSG €200m, a small profit on the €180m it cost to take him from Monaco, at a point when Mbappé has less than a year remaining on his contract.
The French club’s president, Nasser a-Khelaifi, was determined to keep the forward and turned down offers of €160m and €170m from Madrid over the past week. PSG’s sporting director, Leonardo, has admitted the player hoped to leave and Mbappé has the option of signing a pre-contract agreement with another club in January.
Camavinga, born in a refugee camp in Angola to Congolese parents, last year became the youngest player to represent France since 1917 by 17 jare, nine months and 29 days old. He came through the ranks at Rennes and made his Ligue 1 debut aged 16.
Tottenham completed the signing of the right-back Emerson Royal from Barcelona on a five-year deal for €25m. The 22-year-old has spent the past two seasons with Real Betis and played for Brazil in the Copa América this summer.
Barcelona also sold the midfielder Ilaix Moriba to RB Leipzig for an initial €16m, with up to €6m to follow. Moriba, an 18-year-old graduate of Barcelona’s academy, broke into the first team towards the end of last season but talks to extend his contract, which expires in June, stalled.
Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have agreed to salary reductions to get the new signing Sergio Agüero registered amid financial fair play regulations. The defender Gerard Piqué previously took a similar step that allowed Memphis Depay, Eric García and Rey Manaj to register with La Liga.
“Sergio and Jordi Alba have agreed to changes in the financial terms of their contracts which included a wage reduction for this season and the deferment of payments for the remaining years,” Barcelona said.