Transfer Market Discussions have begun with Lyon
Lyon defender Ferland Mendy has been selected as the player Real Madrid want to sign at left-back, with Los Blancos making their first push to sign the 23-year-old.
Madrid sent two delegates to France to negotiate on their behalf in the form of Jose Angel Sanchez, Los Blancos‘ general director, and Juni Calafat, the club’s head of transfers, as they looked to establish their first contact with Lyon‘s leaders.
MARCA were the first to break the news of the interest in Mendy, back on April 30, and now negotiations are set to proceed.
The Frenchman is delighted to be linked with Madrid, but now Los Blancos must try to close a deal with Jean-Michel Aulas, who values Mendy at around 45 million euros.
The issue for Lyon, at present, is they do not know if they will be playing in the Champions League or not; they are currently third, with just the top-three achieving Champions League football in France, but they have rivals Saint-Etienne hot on their heels. They have not even decided on their coach for next season either, following Bruno Genesio‘s announcement that he would leaving once his deal expires in the summer.
Nevertheless, regardless of Lyon‘s club’s situation or their next head coach, it seems that Mendy will be leaving this summer, either for Madrid or another European giant. The 23-year-old has enormous potential and is very much a left-back in the mould of Marcelo.
In France, there are some reports that Madrid could attempt a double swoop from Lyon. As well as Mendy, they are claiming that Los Blancos are interested in Tanguy Ndombele.
However, the reality is that Zinedine Zidane wants a different French midfielder to arrive at Madrid: Manchester United‘s Paul Pogba. The Pogba signing is complicated, so it is not out of the question that the 13-time European champions make a move for Ndombele, who has attracted offers of around 70m euros from Premier League sides, but it is unlikely. One factor that goes against the 22-year-old is the belief that the he would not immediately strengthen Madrid‘s midfield.
The trip to Lyon for the Madrid leaders was primarily to bring Mendy to the Santiago Bernabeu. Zidane is hoping that the club can find a suitable loan move for Sergio Reguilon, and the Frenchman hopes to have his compatriot, Mendy, backing up Marcelo at the start of the 2019/20 campaign. The Brazilian, after a turbulent season with more downs than ups, continues to retain the confidence of Zidane.