Lyon have denied reports suggesting they and Real Madrid have agreed a transfer for left-back Ferland Mendy.
After finishing third in La Liga, exiting the Champions League at the round-of-16 stage to Ajax and losing to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final, Los Blancos are set to revamp their squad this summer under Zinedine Zidane.
Mendy’s transfer saga: Five key things to know…
- Mendy joined Lyon from Le Havre in 2017.
- Since then, he has made 79 appearances in all competitions.
- His performances have attracted the attention of Real Madrid.
- Reports suggest Los Blancos have already agreed a €50m deal for Mendy.
- But Lyon have now taken to Twitter to deny this rumour.
And one player who has caught their attention is Mendy, with the 23-year-old making the second-highest number of interceptions (35) of any Lyon player in Ligue 1 during 2018/19, nailing down the left-back spot as his own.
A number of media outlets have suggested the two clubs have already agreed a €50m deal for the France international but Lyon have taken to their official Twitter account to deny this.
Their tweet translated to: “Olympique Lyonnais denies an agreement with Real Madrid for a possible transfer of defender Ferland Mendy, contrary to what has been relayed by some media outlets.”
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Mendy made 30 Ligue 1 appearances in 2018/19 as Lyon finished third behind Lille and champions PSG. He is under contract with the French club until 2023.
Real Madrid’s summer rebuild
After a horrendous campaign which saw both Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari lose their jobs, Real Madrid are set for a massive summer rebuild under Zidane.
The 13-time European champions have already secured the signings of Eder Militao and Luka Jovic from Porto and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively, while the club continue to be heavily linked with Chelsea star Eden Hazard.
Current left-back Marcelo’s future at the Bernabeu is up in the air and thus far, Mendy has been the man most strongly linked to replace the Brazil international.
Should their reported €50m deal take place in the coming days, that would already take Real’s summer spending to €165m (£146.19m).