Real Madrid in talks with Lyon’s Mendy

Real Madrid are in talks with Lyon over the potential signing of left-back Ferland Mendy as Zinedine Zidane begins a summer overhaul of his squad, as per reports.

Los Blancos endured a nightmare 2018-19 season, finishing third in La Liga – 19 points behind winners Barcelona and eight points adrift of city rivals Atletico Madrid in second – were knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the semi-final stage by arch-rivals Barcelona and were dumped out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage by Ajax.

Left-back was among the many positions in need of improvement, and while Marcelo has had a year of turbulent form, Zidane appears set to keep faith with him.

However, he does not appear to believe that Reguilon, Theo Hernandez or Achraf Hakimi – whose loan at Borussia Dortmund has been extended – are of the requisite quality to compete with and eventually replace the Brazilian, leading him to search for a replacement.

Mendy has enjoyed another impressive campaign with Lyon, demonstrating his speed and technique in his 43 appearances across all competitions in France this term.

He will turn 24 in June and, with Marcelo the wrong side of 30, is an excellent candidate to fill the Brazilian’s boots for years to come.

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