Stade Rennais is busy recruiting a central defender. After several failures, the Rouge-et-Noir are close to concluding the arrival of two players in this position.
In search of a central defender to compensate for the departure of Nayef Aguerd to West Ham, Stade Rennais has multiplied the leads. At first, the Red-and-Black checked the name of Samuel Umtiti. While the negotiations were advanced, the Breton club wondered about the state of health of the 28-year-old defender. This put a brake on negotiations with FC Barcelona.
Also courted, Korean defender Kim-Min jae will finally sign in Naples, Italy. Still on the other side of the Alps, José Luis Palomino was expected in Brittany, but the Argentinian from Atalanta Bergamo should not return to France, after his time at FC Metz. Indeed, he tested positive for a doping substance on Tuesday and should not play again for a while.
A new offer for Morato, an agreement with Bologna for Arthur Theate
Thus, the SRFC has activated a new track to wipe out these failures, the one leading to Morato, the Benfica Lisbon player. The French team sent a first offer of around €10 million, rejected by its Portuguese counterpart. But according to media reports Oh Jogo this Tuesday, Rennes are ready to submit a second proposal of 15 M€ for the 21-year-old defender. The position of the SLB is not yet known.
But the sporting director Florian Maurice spares no effort and continues to seek his nugget in Europe. He also seems to have found in the person of Arthur Theate. Indeed, announced in the viewfinder of the Red-and-Black for several days, the defender of Bologna is close to joining France. According to information from the journalist of Sky Sports Gianluca Di Marzio, the two clubs have reached an agreement for the transfer of the 22-year-old Belgian for an amount of 20 M€ (plus two million bonuses)! The Rennes leaders have accelerated in recent days on the central defender’s file. It remains to be seen which players will land in Brittany.
—Gianluca DiMarzio (@DiMarzio) July 26, 2022