The first change point of the 2022-2023 season awaits for Stade Rennais FC. The authors of a complicated start to the year in Ligue 1, formed by a defeat against Lorient (0-1), a draw with Monaco (1-1), then a narrow victory against Ajaccio (2-1) in the first three days of the championship, Bruno Genesio’s men must show a completely different face on the lawn of Lens this Saturday (9 pm, D4 in L1). All in a particular context linked to the transfer window of summer 2022, which will close its doors on September 1.
A chaotic transfer window
“We are going to the last week of the transfer window where there are a lot of speculations and rumors. I don’t want to go in there. There should be one or two moves. The names, every day in the press, it comes out. In for now, we are fine, we have an important match to take place against Lens”explained Florian Maurice, the Rennes sports director, recently on the airwaves of RMCperfectly sums up the situation of the residents of Roazhon Park.
In terms of arrivals, the Bretons have already made some good moves, with the free recruitment of Steve Mandanda (OM), as well as the strengthening of Arnaud Kalimuendo (PSG, €20m) to attack. In defence, SRFC struggled for a long time to attract new central defenders, a priority project for the summer, before getting their hands on Arthur Theate (Bologna, €19m) and loaned Joe Rodon (Tottenham). In the spirit of departure, the treasury was bailed out by the sale of Nayef Aguerd (West Ham, €35m) and Mathys Tel (Bayern, €20m). But some executives are not immune to the end of the transfer window.
The threat hangs over many executives
This is the case, for example, of Lovro Majer (24), a true master of playing at Stade Rennais. As we told you, Atlético de Madrid approached the management of Breton for the Croatian international (8 caps, 2 goals), who will not oppose leaving the Spanish capital this summer. The Colchoneros are willing to drop between 40 and 50 M€ for the element that was recruited for 12 M€ last year. SRFC’s decision-makers have no intention of parting ways with Majer, who will be given an exit voucher next year. The story is the same with 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.
As for captain Hamari Traoré (30 years old), nothing is rejected. The one who appears in the small papers of FC Barcelona will be the subject of a last minute offer, but will also remain until the end of his contract, in June 2023. Not to mention that the wisps Kamaldeen Sulemana (20 years old) and Jérémy Doku (20) have courtiers. But Atlético also contacted Rennes about Benjamin Bourigeaud (28), an undisputed element of the Rouge et Noir. Except that Rennes made it clear that the French will not leave. The priority now remains to extend it, his contract ends in June 2023. Internally, the management must also manage the salary differences between the executives, and this, while Martin Terrier (25 years old) new- or just initialed a new lease until 2026.
“We refused a very important offer from a club, without betraying any secrets, but the idea of the club, of the shareholder owner is to keep our best elements, whatever offers yet. A name? No, surely you know it, there are networks, there are good things and not so good things. One thing is for sure, the idea is to build a competitive group”on his part informed Florian Maurice, probably about Lovro Majer, in The team channelbefore discussing the case of Benjamin Bourigeaud. “The file is progressing in this direction, we have been discussing an extension for a long time, I hope we will see a positive result”.
Ready to draw, Rennes also wants to degrease
There are those who want Bruno Genesio to stay, and those who the former OL coach wants to be happy to get rid of. This is the case of Serhou Guirassy (26 years old, contract until 2025). The ex-scorer from Amiens has been tracked by Everton, but the Toffees are still not moving their pawns in this file. There are also young players, whose playing time will be reduced this year in Rennes and invited to go and get minutes elsewhere, such as Loum Tchaouna (22, tracked by Dijon and Anderlecht) and Matthis Abline (19, on the tablets of wrath).
Hopefully the Stade Rennais supporters will be reassured. With these many rumors in the direction of departures, Florian Maurice and his family are clearly not sitting idle. Many names, such as Ludovic Blas (24 years old, Nantes), Boubakary Soumaré (23 years old, Leicester) or even Fabien Centonze (26 years old, Metz), were placed in small roles in the management of sports in Breton, in the event that he has to pay for one or more departures. The next few days promise in any case to be alive in Rennes.
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