RMC Sport and Manu Lonjon report that Ligue 1 side Rennes are in active negotiations to sign 21-year-old Ghanaian left-footed central defender Mohammed Salisu from Spanish side Real Valladolid.
He has played 28 matches in La Liga so far this season and is a target of incoming Sporting Director Florian Maurice.
The Brittany side will have to activate the player’s €12m release clause if they want to sign a man who ticks a lot of the boxes of the profile that they are looking for in this position: left-footer, physical presence and strong mentality.
Although French clubs have activated their summer window plans, Spanish sides haven’t even begun looking at their transfer activity, with La Liga starting up again next month.
Atletico Madrid are also in discussions for the defender. Valladolid would like to wait it out therefore, whilst Rennes would like to accelerate things.
Manu Lonjon reports that Rennes have even agreed provisional terms with the defender, but are still to negotiate the fee.
For his first professional season, Mohammed Salisu (21) impressed with Real Valladolid (27 games, 1 goal and 1 assist). His performances makes him a very coveted player on the summer market.
Several French media outlets have revealed on Sunday that the central defender was in talks with Stade Rennais. Yes, but there it is. The Bretons are not the only ones involved.
According to information reaching Sportscorna.com, English Premier League side Brighton also want to get the services of the Ghanaian defender.
The English club has also started concrete discussions with Juan Mata Senior, the player’s representative, to try to convince him.
The release clause of 12 million euros set by Valladolid will not be a problem for the Seagulls either.