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Arsenal interested in signing €20 million-rated Real Madrid defender – report

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According to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid could be set for an Arsenal raid this summer, with the Premier League giants interested in securing the services of Ferland Mendy.

Following a botched title challenge this season, Mikel Arteta has deemed it necessary to address some of the glaring issues in the squad this summer. One of the priorities is to sign a new left-back ahead of the new season.

That is where Mendy comes into the picture. The Real Madrid star has endured a difficult season, marred by injuries. But he is regarded highly among his peers, due to his ability to provide width out wide and put crosses into the box.

Real Madrid, for their part, are open to sanctioning the sale of Mendy, as part of their plans to restructure the squad. In order to offset the potential loss of the Frenchman, the club have been linked with a move for Alphonso Davies, among others.

However, as far as Mendy is concerned, Real Madrid might not yield much from the sale of the Frenchman. As per the report, Arsenal are looking to start negotiations from just €20 million, which is a paltry figure given the fact that Los Blancos had signed him for nearly €50 million.

Injuries have played a key role in devaluing Mendy, while the player has also faced criticism for his lack of consistency and limited potential. Generating a sizable sum out of the fullback’s sale, therefore, could be tricky for the Spanish giants this summer.

However, Mendy will not be the only player leaving Santiago Bernabeu, with Real Madrid also keen on offloading other fringe players in the team, in an attempt to generate enough revenue that could help them bag their top targets this summer.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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