With the departure of Steve Mounié, an orphaned Brest attack

At the end of his contract since June 30, the Beninese striker (29 years old) and the Finistère club have not managed to reach an agreement on an extension. “He has always been a player that I wanted to keep, but he is at a time in his career where he must think about his sporting project, linked to a financial project, explained Eric Roy when training resumed. We know that the financial project in Brest will never be the best for a player.”

Having arrived from Huddersfield in 2020 for five million euros, the club’s most expensive transfer tied with Franck Honorat, Mounié was able to negotiate a comfortable salary at the time, one of the highest in the locker room, thanks to the championship’s new broadcaster Mediapro and its 780 million euros.

But since then, the situation has changed and the two parties are not in agreement on the financial aspect. “The idea is not to do anything, to open the floodgates and give out astronomical salaries,” recalled Grégory Lorenzi a few weeks ago.

Unplayable in the air

Four years, 134 appearances and 33 goals later, Steve Mounié, who “ended up feeling Breton”, will not be leaving for a fifth season. And this departure will leave a void in the Brest attack.

Both a finisher and a worker in the shadows, the third best scorer in the history of SB29 in the first division (30 goals) had become a charismatic leader in the locker room, a player on whom the various coaches who have passed through Brest (Olivier Dall’Oglio, Michel Der Zakarian and Éric Roy) have been able to count.

In the air, Steve Mounié was one of the most successful players in Europe. (Photo Vincent Le Guern)

For several years, “Air Mounié”, his nickname, had also become the reference for aerial duels in France but also in Europe. Thanks to his relaxation, his sense of timing and a well-above-average heading game, he weighed heavily on opposing defenses. Again last season, the Beninese was the player to have won the most aerial duels (130) in Ligue 1. Mounié, as a fixation point, could also allow the team block to move up, to temporize or to serve his teammates on the wings.

Without a transfer fee, Stade Brestois is therefore losing an important player in its balance. His atypical profile will be difficult to compensate. Especially since for the moment, Inter Milan is demanding too much from Brest to let Martin Satriano, his partner last season, go, who returned to the Italian club at the end of his loan. Orphaned from its leading attackers who, in part, made its success last season, the Finistère club will therefore have to redouble its ideas to try to replace them.

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