Mercato: the week of all dangers for the Stade Rennais

Mercato: the week of all dangers for the Stade Rennais

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The first turning point of the 2022-2023 season is looming for Stade Rennais FC. Authors of a difficult start to the year in Ligue 1, marked by a defeat against Lorient (0-1), a draw in Monaco (1-1), then a narrow victory against Ajaccio (2-1) during the first three days of the championship, Bruno Genesio’s men will have to show a completely different face on the pitch at Lens this Saturday (9:00 p.m., D4 of L1). All in a particular context linked to the summer 2022 transfer window, which will close its doors on September 1.

A turbulent transfer window

“We are entering a final week of the transfer window where there will be a lot of speculation and rumours. I don’t want to go in there. There will necessarily be one or two moves. Names, every day in the press, comes out. At the moment we are fine, we have an important game against Lens”explained Florian Maurice, sporting director of Rennes, recently on the airwaves of CMRwhich perfectly sums up the situation of the residents of Roazhon Park.

In terms of arrivals, the Bretons have already made some good plays, with the free addition of Steve Mandanda (OM), as well as the reinforcement of Arnaud Kalimuendo (PSG, €20M) in attack. Defensively, SRFC struggled for a long time to attract new centre-backs, a priority project for the summer, before finally snapping up Arthur Theate (Bologna, €19m) and Joe Rodon (Tottenham) on loan. In the sense of outflows, the coffers were rescued with the sales of Nayef Aguerd (West Ham, €35M) and Mathys Tel (Bayern, €20M). But some executives are not immune from the end of the transfer window.

The threat hangs over several executives

This is the case, for example, of Lovro Majer (24), a true master playing Stade Rennais. As we told you, Atlético de Madrid approached the Breton management for the Croatian international (8 caps, 2 goals), who would not be against going to the Spanish capital this summer. The colchoneros are willing to pay between €40 and €50 million for an element recruited last year for €12 million. SRFC decision makers have no intention of parting ways with Majer, who will be awarded an exit ticket next year. The story is the same on the side of Gaëtan Laborde (28 years old, 15 goals in L1 in 21-22), who appears on the shelves of Nice and Lille, as we revealed to you in recent days.

Regarding the captain Hamari Traoré (30 years old), nothing is ruled out. The one who appears in the small roles of FC Barcelona could be the subject of a last-minute offer, but also stay until the end of his contract, in June 2023. Not to mention that the locks Kamaldeen Sulemana (20 years old) and Jérémy Doku (20) has courtiers. But also that Atlético contacted Rennes for Benjamin Bourigeaud (28), an indisputable element of Rouge et Noir. Except that Rennes has made it clear that the Frenchman will not leave. The priority now is to extend it, ending its contract in June 2023. Internally, the management will also have to manage the salary differences between managers, and this, while Martin Terrier (25 years old) has just signed a new lease until 2026.

“We rejected a very, very important offer from a club, without revealing any secrets, but the idea of ​​the club, of the shareholder, is to keep our best elements, regardless of the offers. A name ? No, surely you know, there are networks, there are good things and less good things. One thing is certain, the idea is to build a competitive team.”for his part informed Florian Maurice, probably about Lovro Majer, in the team channelbefore talking about the Benjamin Bourigeaud case. “The file is moving in this direction, we have been discussing an extension for some time, I hope we find a positive result”.

Ready to draw, Rennes also wants to degrease

There are those that Bruno Genesio would prefer to keep, and those that the former OL coach would gladly get rid of. This is the case of Serhou Guirassy (26 years old, contract until 2025). The former Amiens striker is tracked down by Everton, but the Toffees are still not moving their pawns on this file. There are also young players, whose playing time will be reduced this year in Rennes and who are invited to go find minutes elsewhere, such as Loum Tchaouna (22, tracked by Dijon and Anderlecht) and Matthis Abline (19, on the tablets of you will go).

Let the Stade Rennais fans rest easy. With these many rumors about the direction of departures, Florian Maurice and his family obviously did not sit idly by. Several names, such as Ludovic Blas (24 years old, Nantes), Boubakary Soumaré (23 years old, Leicester) or even Fabien Centonze (26 years old, Metz), have been put in the small roles of the Breton sports management, in the case that I had to compensate for one or more outlets. The next few days promise in any case to be lively in Rennes.

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