Alfred Gomis’ performances convinced Stade Rennais to find him a replacement in goal. The priority of Rennes is called Steve Mandanda. But, the recruitment of the Marseille porter does not look easy from a contractual point of view.
In recent years, Stade Rennais has blown hot and cold regarding the position of goalkeeper. There were some very good ones like Benoît Costil or Etienne Mendy, who then left for Chelsea. But also less good like Tomas Koubek, Dogan Alemdar or Alfred Gomis. The last two cities took turns this season in the Rennes goals without really convincing. Having conceded too many goals or made a few gross errors, they may have cost the Breton club the podium at the end of the exercise. Gomis is the most targeted by critics. Holder of the position, his performance is not up to the price of his transfer in 2020, or 16 million euros paid in Dijon.
Mandanda is linked until 2024 with OM
Thus, Rennes and its sporting director Florian Maurice are looking for a goalkeeper to take the place of Alfred Gomis next season. Of the players being watched, Steve Mandanda is clearly at the top of the list at the moment. The experienced 37-year-old doorman has the perfect profile both in terms of qualities and his knowledge of the top level, in the European Cup and in the French team. In addition, Mandanda spent the previous season on the substitute bench, overtaken by Pau Lopez in the hierarchy.
🚨 Stade Rennais targets Steve Mandanda.
But the case seems complex.
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However, this case is proving complicated for Rennes. Indeed, according to the newspaper the team, the Bretons have a pebble in their shoes with Steve Mandanda’s contract at OM. The doorman recently extended until June 2024 with the Marseille club, salary at stake. This reduces the room for maneuver of Stade Rennais, not ready to splurge financially for a player at the end of his career. If this cannot succeed for Mandanda, there are other French tracks for Rennes with Benjamin Lecomte (Monaco), Walter Benitez (Nice) and Matz Sels (Strasbourg).