1- Nayef Aguerd to West Ham for 35 million euros in 2022
In two years, he saw his price multiplied by seven. Nayef Aguerd had arrived from Dijon in 2020 for 5 million euros. After two full seasons in Brittany, the central defender flew to London with the label of the biggest sale in the history of Stade Rennes.
1- Ousmane Dembélé in Dortmund for 35 million euros in 2016
The low transfer fee came as a surprise when Ousmane Dembélé signed for Dortmund. The Germans had paid “only” 15 million euros to secure the services of the 19-year-old French phenomenon (12 goals and 5 assists in 26 matches, during his only season in Ligue 1).
But the Rennais had added a percentage to the resale and his signing at FC Barcelona in 2017, against 105 million euros, allowed them to recover an additional 20 million on the transaction.
3. Eduardo Camavinga to Real Madrid for 31 million euros in 2021
The Casemiro-Kroos-Modric trio is not eternal and Real Madrid have understood this well. After the arrival of Federico Valverde and before that of Aurélien Tchouameni, the Casa Blanca anticipated the future by recruiting Eduardo Camavinga, one of the biggest hopes for the midfielder.
In the last moments of the 2021 summer transfer window, the people of Madrid invested 31 million euros to afford the French neo-international. If “Cama” is currently third in this ranking, he could recover the first place according to the bonuses which could bring the total amount of his transfer to 40 million maximum.
A year after joining Real Madrid, Eduardo Camavinga won the Champions League. (F. Faugère/The Team)
4. Ismaïla Sarr at Watford for 30 million euros in 2019
It will have been enough of a season in Ligue 1 to please Rennes, which had to pay 17 million euros in Metz to afford the Senegalese nugget. In Brittany, the Senegalese impressed on his wing, with his liveliness and quality of dribbling. The player trained at AS Génération Foot, like Sadio Mané, punctuated his second Rennes season with 8 goals and 6 assists in 35 Championship games. What seduce Watford, who paid 30 million euros to the Red and Black to recover Ismaïla Sarr, in 2019.
5. Edouard Mendy to Chelsea for 25 million euros in 2020
In addition to being one of the biggest sales in the club’s history, Edouard Mendy is above all the most expensive goalkeeper sold by a Ligue 1 team. Sixteen years after Petr Cech, Chelsea decided, in 2020, to recruit a new Stade Rennes goalkeeper, against 25 million euros. The story is good for the Senegalese international, who struggled before reaching the top level. Especially since in England, he has become one of the best goalkeepers in the world and has largely contributed to the coronation of the Blues in the 2020-2021 edition of the Champions League.