Stade Rennais has just made a very nice move on the transfer market. Indeed, the Breton club has officially announced the signing of Arnaud Kalimuendo from Paris Saint-Germain. Here are a few dates of the portrait of the last Bretillian recruit.
January 20, 2002
Arnaud Kalimuendo was born on January 20, 2002 in Suresnes in the Hauts-de-Seine. From an early age, he took his first steps in football at FC Saint-Cloud, a club in which the young striker quickly distinguished himself thanks to his fine qualities. In 2012, Paris Saint-Germain decided to observe him and then open the doors of their training center to him. Endowed with a great coolness in the face of the cages, he martyrs the guards of his age. At only 16 years old and under the orders of Thiago Motta, Arnaud Kalimuendo made his debut in the Youth League. In two seasons, he took part in 10 matches and scored 9 goals in this competition.
October 27, 2019
His quality performances with PSG allow him to be selected many times for the young French team. On October 27, 2019, Arnaud Kalimuendo took part in the U17 World Cup alongside Georginio Rutte, Isaac Lihadji and Adil Aouchiche. Les Bleuets are doing well, but fall against Brazil in the semi-finals. As for him, the Parisian striker illustrated himself perfectly by scoring five goals in six games, including a hat-trick against the Netherlands in the small-final.
September 10, 2020
On September 10, 2020, Paris Saint-Germain will face RC Lens in a league match. But Thomas Tuchel must do without his stars for this meeting. Indeed, Neymar, Mbappé and Icardi are absent due to Coronavirus. The German coach therefore has no choice but to establish Arnaud Kalimuendo. The Parisian Titi thus discovers Ligue 1 despite the defeat of his team and catches the eye of Blood and Gold.
October 5, 2020
A few weeks after his professional debut, Arnaud Kalimuendo was loaned to RC Lens. In his third game in his new colours, he scored his first goal in Ligue 1 against Dijon. During the season, the native of Suresnes impresses his teammates. The international hope (12 selections) is very regular and allows Lens to rank 7e of the championship.
August 31, 2021
Returning to Paris Saint-Germain after his successful loan to Lens, Arnaud Kalimuendo wants to join Mauricio Pochettino’s rotation, but the Ile-de-France coach does not share this opinion. On August 31, 2021, the striker was then loaned a second time to the Blood and Gold to gain experience and benefit from a significant playing time.
Kali continues to shine at Bollaert and becomes the youngest player to reach the bar of 12 goals in the first division with the Pas-de-Calais club since Pascal Françoise in 1977. He stands out as one of the important men in the system of Frank Haise. At the end of the season, the Lensois leaders obviously want to keep the player. But the amount requested by PSG is far too high.
August 11, 2022
Barred by strong competition at Paris Saint-Germain, the 2022 French champion decides to take his destiny into his own hands and leave his training club. Closely tracked by Leeds and Nice, Arnaud Kalimuendo finally signed up with Stade Rennais. The Breton club paid no less than 25 million euros (including bonus plus a percentage on resale) to secure the services of the Parisian.
It is thus the second most expensive recruit in the history of the Red and black behind Jérémy Doku (26 million euros). The striker will evolve for 5 seasons in Brittany and should satisfy Roazhon Park. Capable of both playing with his back to goal or going deep, Kali has a very interesting profile and should find the net quickly.