Rennes: an ex-Lillois to strengthen the environment?


Stade Rennais in the grip of a former Lille player. According to newspaper information The Teamthe Breton club is eyeing the Portuguese midfielder Xeka, free of any contract.

Three recruits already sealed

“With Bruno since the start of the transfer window, we had settled on the arrival of a midfielder rather 8, who is able to box, be in front and behind. It’s the same, we are working on several tracks on which we are trying to move forward (…) We are not closed to bringing additional touches.Facing journalists on Wednesday, Stade Rennais technical director Florian Maurice announced the color for the rest of the Breton club’s summer transfer window, hitherto marked by the arrival of French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (free), Belgian central defender Arthur Theate (19 million euros) and Welsh central defender Joe Rodon (loan / Tottenham). To strengthen its midfield, the SRFC is thinking of a former resident of the French championship, namely Xeka.

114 appearances with Lille

According to newspaper information The Team, Rennes is in talks with the Portuguese midfielder, free on the transfer market since leaving Lille at the end of the 2021-2022 season. Our colleagues specify that three other formations are interested in his profile, namely the Germans of Wolfsburg, the English of Everton and the Portuguese of FC Porto. In addition, the main interested party declined a proposal sent by the Saudi club Al Ettifaq. Also passed by Dijon, the 27-year-old player will have played 144 games in all competitions with the Mastiffs, for 9 goals. Last season, Xeka played 31 games and found the net four times, including 23 games and 3 goals in Ligue 1.

Fourth in the standings last season and qualified for the next edition of the Europa League, Gaëtan Laborde’s partners will start the 2022-2023 exercise against FC Lorient at Roazhon Park next Sunday.