(Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps said on Monday that Olympique Lyonnais left back Ferland Mendy will join Real Madrid.
Spanish media reports said Real had agreed a fee of 55 million euros (£49 million) for Mendy, who has made 79 appearances for Lyon since moving from Le Havre in 2017.
“Two years ago, he was in the second division and now he will play at Real Madrid,” Deschamps told reporters ahead of France’s Euro qualifier against Andorra on Tuesday.
“He can play on either side and his development is stunning.”
Real Madrid declined to comment.
Mendy would become Real’s fourth major signing of the transfer window, after forwards Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic plus defender Eder Militao, as the Spaniards look to rebuild after a disappointing campaign saw them finish without a trophy.
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(Writing by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ken Ferris)