Yet more Fanni rumours, Frenchman to sign?

Reports in the French press indicate a deal could be imminent

Rod Fanni training with France

It looked as if Atlético’s bid to sign Rod Fanni was dead in the water after we signed Diego Godín from Villarreal and Filipe Luis from Deportivo. The deal to sign the Frenchman from Stade Rennais looked to be stalling over Rennes’ refusal to let the transfer go ahead without the relevant bank guarantees.

However reports in France today suggest the move is back on. L’Equipe is reporting that a bank guarantee has finally been obtained and that the French international could be making his way to Madrid in the coming days to finalise an agreement.

The right-back is rated as one of the best in Ligue 1, France’s top division, and he made his desire to move to Madrid clear. The defender looked set to stay at the Route de Lorient, where he caught the eye last year and was named in the Ligue’s Team of the Season.

Negotiations between Atlético and Rennes have been ongoing for weeks. We reported all the way back on July 11 that a deal had been struck for €4.5m.

As always though, this has been the most unpredictable deal of the summer, and Atlé will keep you up-to-date with any developments involving the 28 year-old. And without a pun in sight.

Update 18 August 2010
Sources in the Spanish media claim that a deal for Fanni will not happen unless both Perea and Juanito leave the club, which is unlikely. Stay tuned!

  • Derek Maaijen

    I think an agreement was already in place, but Quique insisted on signing Godín first. Fanni on the other hand is a signing wanted by García Pítarch, but Quique doesn’t necessarily need him, with Ujfalusi available.

    I can only see this deal happening áfter we get rid of two defenders (Juanito being one of them). The money we’re rumoured to get for loaning out Salvio to Benfica (€2m) will be a big help, but it’s currently more an issue of overbooking than finances.

  • Mathieu

    A question.Where is all the money coming from?

  • 20corona

    The signing of Rod Fanni will be very god for the team!

  • Martin Rosenow

    El Mundo Deportivo reported earlier today that Atleti officials had told the paper that Fanni’s signing is “impossible now.”

    Derek’s right about the overbooking being the main problem, and either Valera or Perea would likely be the other defender to leave if Fanni comes, but Quique is apparently very happy with both of them.

    I know we have a lot of depth at defense, but I think we could use more quality depth. I hope he ends up coming but I don’t see it happening.

  • NiñoTorres

    It would be great if we could bring in Fanni, but for some reason I don’t think we will be bringing in any more players this summer. There was one report in L’Equipe yesterday but the only news since then was the club denying it in El Mundo Deportivo. If we have the money, then we should go for him still, but I am pretty satisfied with the current squad. Maybe if would be better for us to go for a younger right-back next year anyway 🙂

  • atleti_from_kuwait

    We must have fanni this year cuz if he suits good in our squad belive me that we will be in the 3 first position this year , cuz guys lets be honest that if we have him we will have 5 very good player when we are definding and 7 very very good players when we attacking !!
    cuz for the few years back we didnt have very good fullbacks player at all even a.lopez ! and ujfalusi in right fullback position he is less than miduem player to be honest , so i hope to get r.fanni and we will rock this year

  • independencia

    We only must sign Fanni if we are able to sell Valera and Juanito. It would be much better sing him, but not anyway. We had spent too much money on salaries last years and it could be bad to keep our stars with us.

  • 20corona

    so what are the odds of Rod landing in Madrid this season now when Jurado is gone?

  • Nick Poskitt

    Well Cerezo has apparently said no more signings, so I don’t know. There’s only 3 and a half hours left of the window…

  • Edletico

    Fanni should sign now Jurado has left. I also think a creative midfielder will be signed but maybe in Jan. We have enough money as Jurado produced 12m and we got around the same for the super cup (2.5 for winning and about 10 mill from sponsors)

  • 20corona

    so we dont have any subs for Reyes and Simao? now when Merida is injured for weeks and keko is on loan!
    If thats the case we are not taking any titles this year.

    Very sad cause we started so good!

  • Ringo Schut

    Seems like we need Alberto Perea…

    Looks like Koke could be in the selection against Athletic, he’s played on the left of the midfield at the end of last season, so…

  • Edletico

    We probably will get someone in but if we don’t we can always play 4-3-3
    DE GEA
    Ujfa/Fanni Godin/perea/dominguez/pulido Lopez/filipe
    Garcia Tiago
    Aguero Simao/reyes/merida