Real Madrid’s summer of spending continued on Wednesday, as the club announced the signing of Lyon left back Ferland Mendy.
According to Spanish publication Marca, Real Madrid paid more than $54 million to sign the pacy Frenchman, hoping to add some competition at left back next season with incumbent veteran Marcelo getting older and potentially being phased out. The transfer fee could rise to nearly $60 million with bonuses and other clauses added in, should Mendy achieve certain benchmarks.
The 24-year-old has signed a six-year contract at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and will be presented on June 19, per the club.
Mendy has been a revelation in Ligue 1 for the last few seasons, first after making an almost $7 million move from Le Havre (where he played for former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley) to Lyon, and secondly with the French giants. At Lyon, he’s showed his speed down the left wing and crossing ability. He’s recorded seven official assists in 72 matches with Lyon in all competitions. It’s been a meteoric rise for Mendy, who 18-months ago was being linked with a move not to Real Madrid, but to clubs like Brighton and Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, and Watford.
Mendy joins Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic as new signings for Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid, as the club looks to strengthen after an incredibly disappointing season. While it’s up in the air how Mendy will settle in the pressure cooker that is playing for Real Madrid, there’s no doubt he has ability and talent.
The biggest question now is that, after spending the better part of more than $225 million on three signings, how is Real Madrid going to recoup some of that money in order to meet Financial Fair Play measures.