Leicester City has completed an intriguing signing that could signal a ripple effect through their squad as the transfer window progresses.
Claudio Ranieri has added French defensive midfielder Nampalys Mendy from Nice for an undisclosed fee, although reports have tabbed it at around $16 million.
Mendy has a pre-existing relationship with his new manager. Ranieri was brought in as the boss at AS Monaco while Mendy was there, with the two working together for a season before Raneiri allowed Mendy to leave on a free transfer.
The 24-year-old moved to Nice in the summer of 2013, and he made 121 appearances there across all competitions. Last season, Mendy was the second-best midfielder in Ligue 1, according to the Squawka player rankings. Nice finished 11th in the Ligue 1 standings. Mendy has represented France at every youth international level, but has yet to see a senior team call-up.
The signing is intriguing given the pre-existence of both N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater in the Leicester City squad. There has been much chatter about specifically Kante’s future, and while Raneiri would most definitely want cover for the pair with Champions League play to come next season, it’s also possible that the manager could be preparing for the possibility of Kante leaving the club this summer.