Spanish side Real Sociedad are interested in signing Algerian defender Ramy Bensebaini from Rennes, according to French publication L’Equipe. The La Liga team are looking to replace central defender Inigo Martinez after he joined Athletic Bilbao, to replace the outgoing Aymeric Laporte to Manchester City.
Bensebaini has struggled to get a run of games in the Rennes team since the departure of manager Christian Gourcuff, and the French side could sell him in order to make a profit. The Algerian international came through the Paradou academy system, and is now a regular central defender for the national team since performing well at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Real Sociedad are in the last 32 of the Europa League, and would certainly be a step up from Rennes in Ligue 1, making this potential move very beneficial to the Algerian national team. He would join fellow international team-mate Aissa Mandi in La Liga.
Earlier in the window, the centre-half was linked with Southampton as a potential replacement for Virgil Van Dijk, but that move never materialised any further. However, no official bid has been made for the 22-year-old, who is contracted at Rennes until the summer of 2020. You can follow all the Algerian transfers today on our live transfer deadline day blog.