Lyon’s Ferland Mendy has become Real Madrid’s latest summer signing, joining the Blancos in a deal worth an initial €48 million.
Lyon confirm that the transfer free of Ferland Mendy is €48 million plus €5 million in bonuses. He follows Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo and Eder Militao.
Zidane wanted Mendy to come in to compete with Marcelo after a breakout season in Ligue 1, as the player made a total of 44 appearances across all competitions.
Given that the 24-year-old is similar to the Brazilian in the sense that he is an attacking full-back, Real Madrid see him as a long-term replacement and someone who can also do a job in the short-term.
Now, after spending heavily on bolstering the Blanco forward line with the Jovic and Hazard moves, Madrid have turned their attention on defence once again, bringing in the highly rated left-back on a six-year contract as the presumed heir to ageing Brazil legend Marcelo.
“Real Madrid and Olympique Lyonnaise have agreed the transfer of the player Ferland Mendy,” Madrid confirmed in a statement published on the club’s official website.
“The player will be linked to the club for the next six seasons, until June 30, 2025.
“Mendy will be presented on Wednesday June 19, at 1pm, in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.”