Sixth in the last Ligue 1 standings, Stade Rennais will not play in the Champions League or the Europa League. But the Breton club will not lack ambitions for all that. Guest of the show In Full Skylight broadcast on TVR and on West France, the sports director of the Rouge-et-Noirs, Florian Maurice, came to make a big transfer window. Asked about several files, the former Lyonnais did not dodge any question. “You have to target the players. The players’ price will be negotiated with the clubs. The idea is not to spend in order to spend. The idea is to strengthen the team. But today everything is completely blocked. The budget, when we play the Champions League, is necessarily more important. This year, it will be less, but we will have the means to invest in recruitment this year ”, he said, before first talking about the players with a voucher.
Starting with Senegalese striker M’Baye Niang, who returned from a loan in Saudi Arabia. “I have discussions with M’Baye to find solutions. M’Baye Niang comes out of a rather average loan in Saudi Arabia, we are trying to find ways out. The club’s will is to find an agreement with a club and M’Baye. “Ditto for Sacha Boey” because he only has one year of contract left “, just like Yann Gboho. As for Romain Del Castillo, a departure to Olympiakos seems compromised, Maurice having indicated that the Greek club has made no proposal.
Steven N’Zonzi, he is well and truly gone. On loan from AS Roma for a year and a half, the 32-year-old midfielder has not been retained. And here’s why. “We were very happy with what he did. Afterwards, we might have expected a little more for a player of this standing. We may also expect a little more dynamism. We want to have a slightly different animation in this sector. “ Finally, what about the Camavinga file? Under contract until 2022, the international tricolor (3 caps, 1 goal) seemed ready to extend, before changing his mind. Today, Camavinga would like to join PSG, but for the moment, nothing to report.
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“For the moment, we do not have an agreement whether it is on one side or the other. For the moment Eduardo is there. There are discussions that exist between the clubs, with the player as well. We still haven’t found a solution. On a player who has one year left, either we find a solution to extend it, or a club is interested in Eduardo and we will reflect on the proposal we will have. We are not obliged to sell a player who has one year of contract left. Today, there is no proposal that has arrived on the president’s desk ”, he said, before asserting that neither PSG nor Manchester United have made an offer for the young player. ” No. There are certainly clubs that want Eduardo. Eduardo has a price as well, and there will also have to be an agreement at that level. (…) He will be there (Tuesday, for the resumption of training), after that we will have discussions to really know his desire and his determination. We are in a situation for a player who is still at Stade Rennais. We are waiting to see what will happen. I think Eduardo won’t want to leave Rennes free. Either we will find an agreement this summer with a club, or we will find a solution to extend it “.
After this complete turn on the side of (possible) departures, Maurice then approached the arrivals section. The opportunity for the Rennes manager to deny several tracks announced in the press. Thus, David Luiz, Nicolas Nkoulou and Michaël Cuisance are names to forget. Ditto for the attack. The offensive sector will not be the priority of the SRFC during this transfer window. “We absolutely need a central defender with the departure of Damien (Da Silva at OL). I’m looking for a number one. (…) I set myself to sign perhaps two midfielders, one of whom may be in place of Eduardo (Camavinga). I pretend Eduardo is up for it and we’ll see what happens. “
Negotiations advanced for Cajuste, another tracked Doku
In defense, Maurice confirmed having had contact with Arsenal for a central defender. He did not say more, but it is not difficult to say that it was the Frenchman William Saliba, on loan at Nice last season. What Maurice ended up confessing a few moments later. “Yes, this is an avenue that we are currently studying. It’s a bit blocked. There are discussions and we are not the only ones in Ligue 1 (Nice) and abroad ”. The file of Lensois Loïc Badé was also mentioned. As a reminder, we revealed to you that Rennes had put € 15 million on the table for the Sang-et-Or. But for now, the RCL is playing time. “We are in discussions. It is a target that was identified very early on. It may take a little while. The player wants to come, yes Lens is greedy “, declared Maurice who confirmed in the process that the Belgian Dedryck Boyata was indeed one of the tracks studied.
Just like those leading to two players from Midtjylland: Jens Cajuste (21) and Kamaldeen Sulemana (19). Regarding the first city, for which we had exclusively mentioned the interest of the Bretons, Maurice bluntly confided that the SRFC was in advanced negotiations with his Danish counterpart. “He’s a Swedish international, he’s a player we’ve been following for over a year. Very interesting player with very interesting future potential. We are in fairly advanced discussions, we hope to be able to go even further. “ As for Sulemana, Maurice is already seeing a player whose profile resembles the Belgian Jérémy Doku. “It’s a bit like Doku’s counterpart. Very strong characteristics in the one on one, dribbling. Player that I appreciate a lot, contact already made. We study the track very strongly. There is a lot of competition on players like that ”. Definitely, the transfer window of Stade Rennais promises to be lively!