Finally, the transfer window is starting at full speed and if the reports are to be believed, there are strong rumors of another talented player from Rennes.
Eduardo Camavinga is the latest in a long line of top talents to have emerged from Ligue 1. Should he move to a bigger club, he will follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s stars in recent years. The 18-year-old France international has been linked Manchester UnitedAnd the Paris Saint-Germain And the Real Madrid.
We’ve put together an impressive lineup of players who have left Rennes since 2010.
Goalkeeper: Edward Mendy
Mendy spent only one season with Rennes, moved in the summer of 2019 from Reims and left a year later to Chelsea.
He managed to keep nine clean sheets in 24 Ligue 1 matches before the pandemic curtailed their season. The 29-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge for around £22m in September 2020, following in the footsteps of Blues legend Petr Cech by switching between the two clubs.
Mendy equaled Keylor Navas’ clean sheet record in a single season in the Champions League (9), as Thomas Tuchel led them to a second European title.
Right-back: Rod Fanny
Fani was the first choice of Rennes right-back between 2007 and 2011 after moving from Nice.
He made 133 appearances in total before moving in Ligue 1 to Marseille, even proving that he was lucky enough to play alongside Joey Barton during his trip to France.
When he left Stade Velodrome in 2015, he did so with 198 appearances, eight goals and one stunning goal for Lucas Moura.
Great goals that have never been:
Lucas Moura runs from half his net over Marseille’s entire defense before the desperate departure of Rod Fanny slows it down. pic.twitter.com/0PkjYqKH2n
GoalScorer Challenge (GoalscorerC) November 18, 2019
CB: Carlos Bocanegra
When Fulham favorite Craven Cottage left in 2008, he moved to Rennes.
In his first season in Ligue 1, Bocanegra played every game in the league and helped the club reach the Coup De France final. The American even scored the opening goal at the Stade de France, despite his eventual defeat by Guingamp.
A year later he moved to Saint-Étienne. Bocanegra is now retired and head coach of Atlanta United in the MLS.
CB: Joris Gangnon
Gnagnon was one of the most highly-rated center backs in Europe when he left Rennes for Seville in 2018, but it has been a turbulent time for the 24-year-old since then.
His most famous moment came in a pre-season summer 2019 friendly match against Liverpool, where he pounced on Yasser El Aroushi and knocked the 18-year-old off on a stretcher.
Still, he is a talented kid.
Left-back: Rami Bensbeni
The Penspini has become somewhat of a goal machine since leaving Rennes for Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2019.
In 98 matches with Rennes, he scored three goals and made two more goals in 98 matches. But in his first 59 goals in Germany, he scored 12 and made five more.
He also scored both goals in the 2-1 win over German champions Bayern Munich in December 2019.
The Brazilian has been a reveal at Elland Road this season, proving to be one of Marcelo Bielsa’s most dangerous weapons in Leeds United’s impressive return to the top flight.
Raphinha only cost £16m and there is no doubt many other clubs have been left wishing they had made an offer in Rennes’ direction first.
CM: Abdallah Dokour
Doucoury is now a regular with Everton, initially moving to Watford from Rennes in 2016 on the day of the January transfer window deadline.
Since then, the Frenchman has played 158 league matches, scoring 16 goals in the process. Frankly, we remain amazed that he has stayed at Watford for the duration of his stay.
CM: Yan Mvilla
“He reads the match like Claude Makelele, has the presence of Patrick Vieira and can pass the ball like Yaya Toure,” former Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti once said of Mvilla.
No wonder he has been constantly linked with a move to Arsenal. Instead he moved to Rubin Kazan before the loan move to Inter Milan and Sunderland, all of which has been punctuated by some kind of controversy.
The 31-year-old can now be seen playing in Greece for Olympiacos.
LW: Ousmane Dembele
With Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan leaving for Manchester City and Manchester United respectively in 2016, Borussia Dortmund brought in Dembele from Rennes for around €13 million.
Ten goals and 49 games later, the Frenchman was on his way again, costing Barcelona up to 145 million euros, bought in the wake of Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Ousmane Dembele managed to reach 3-2 to Dortmund with a great final!
Football on BT Sport (btsportfootball) April 26, 2017
Attacker: Ismail Sarr
Another player taking Rennes’ route to Watford, the Hornets’ arrest from Sarr was quite impressive in the summer of 2019.
Sarr caught the club’s attention by scoring 13 goals in 50 appearances in the 2018-19 season, persuading Watford to part with the £30m sum.
Sure, they were relegated to the second division a year later, but the 23-year-old stuck with him, scoring 13 goals in 2020-21 to help them win promotion directly to the top flight.
It’s not his favorite or natural position, but he led the streak occasionally in the promotion winning season for Watford, and keeping him in the lead means we could play both Rafinha and Ousmane Dembele at wide.
ST: Asamoah Jian
Put a missed penalty against Uruguay out of your mind now. We don’t talk about it.
The Ghana legend spent three seasons with Rennes between 2008 and 2011, scoring 14 goals in 53 appearances, before moving to Sunderland.
In just over a season with the club, he scored 11 goals in 37 games, including the 94th minute equalizer against Newcastle United.