18+ | Commercial Content | T&Cs apply | Begambleaware.org
Stade Rennais F.C. is a French top-flight team that never fails to deliver entertaining matches and develop skillful footballers. Despite posing a serious threat to the other big teams in France, they have won a pretty shy number of trophies (just three Coupe de France titles) and are still yet to triumph in the league. With PSG's undeniable dominance in Ligue 1 during the last decade, the latter will be extremely challenging to achieve.
Stade Rennais Transfers
Lucas Severino from Club Athletico Paranaense for £21.30 Million in 2000 – Over £21 Million for a footballer back in 2000 was an insane amount of money. It was also the biggest sum that the French side had paid for a transfer up to 2020. Rennais were confident that they are bringing in a game-changing striker in the face of Lucas. However, the Brazilian's move to Ligue 1 turned out to mostly be a major flop. Lucas never managed to play at the level that he did back in Brazil. During his three campaigns with Rennais, he managed the disappointing six total goals. In 2004 he was offloaded to J1 League's FC Tokyo on a free transfer, so The Red and Blacks couldn't recoup any of their money spent.
Petr Cech from Sparta Praha for £5 Million in 2002 – The move to Rennes was the first club that Cech played for outside of his homeland, and also a pivotal one for his career. Cech played in 78 matches during his two years with Rennes, before being bought by Chelsea in 2004. Abramovich funded the fee of £13 Million. Signing Cech was a business done right, as he set numerous goalkeeping records and made six short of 500 appearances for the Blues.
Ousmane Dembélé from Évreux Jugend on a free transfer in 2010 – Dembélé joined Rennes' youth academy in 2010 at the age of 13. It took him four years before breaking into the B-team of the club. After a successful first season in which he scored 13 times in 18 appearances, he was promoted to the senior squad in 2015. After displaying that his level of play is up to par with France's top flight, the transfer gossip began. Dembélé was wanted by several elite clubs but was finally bought by Borussia Dortmund for £15 Million.
Ismaïla Sarr from FC Metz for £15 Million in 2017 – At the age of 18, Sarr started playing for Génération Foot – a local Senegalese club. In just a single campaign, he did enough to catch the eye of European scouts and be signed by FC Metz in 2016. With five goals and five assists in 31 league matches, transfer pressure began mounting. In 2017 fellow-Ligue 1 squad Rennais was extremely eager to sign the 19-year-old winger, and they did for the sum of £17 Million. Sarr contributed to winning the Coupe de France in 2019 and also reaching the Europa League round of 16. His career continued with a £30 Million move to the Premier League with Watford.