Arthur Theate set to arrive in Rennes on Wednesday

Rennes have agreed a deal with Bologna for their Belgian international centre-back Arthur Theate (22). The transfer will be worth €20m and the player will travel to France to complete the deal on Wednesday, according to L’Équipe. 

The French publication that the deal will be fully completed on Thursday. Before that, the player must still agree terms with Rennes, but the player will be present to conclude the deal with his arrival in Brittany expected later this evening. 

Rennes have been looking for a centre-back, and maybe two, since the departure of Nayef Aguerd (26) to West Ham earlier in the transfer window. The Breton club were thwarted at the last be Napoli in their attempts to sign Fenerbahçe’s Kim Min-jae (25) and a deal for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti (28) fell through due to concerns over the player’s physical condition. 

Theate excelled in his debut campaign in Serie A last season, making 31 appearances for Bologna, scoring twice. His move to Italy from Oostende was only made permanent earlier this summer, but he now looks set to move on once again and join Bruno Génésio’s side. 

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