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Saudi Arabia could come calling for €25 million-rated Real Madrid defender – report

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Ferland Mendy is one of four players Real Madrid are trying to sell this summer, along with Andriy Lunin, Jesus Vallejo, and Alvaro Odriozola.

The 28-year-old left-back has been at the club since 2019, when he joined from Olympique Lyon for a fee of €50 million.

But after a frustrating 2022/23 campaign during which he struggled with injuries and poor form, Real Madrid are seriously contemplating the option of selling him, especially with Fran Garcia also arriving this summer.

As such, Mendy could be on the move in the coming weeks, and according to Cadena SER (h/t Mundo Deportivo) the left-back has a good reputation in Saudi Arabia, who could weigh up the possibility of making a move for him.

Saudi Arabia have been making all the waves in the summer market, having signed several high-profile players from top European teams, including former Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema, who joined Al Ittihad.

Stars like N’Golo Kante, Ruben Neves, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Edouard Mendy have also moved to clubs in the Middle Eastern nation while more, such as Marcelo Brozovic and Hakim Ziyech, could follow soon.

And Mendy could be another possible target for the oil-rich nation given that he is an unwanted commodity at Real Madrid and is available for a transfer.

Mendy, whose market value stands at €25 million, has two years left on his contract with Los Blancos. And while he is said to be seeking a new deal, the club are looking to offload him.

A sale to Saudi Arabia would appeal to Real Madrid as they would have a good chance to recoup most of the €50 million they spent on him in 2019. Furthermore, Mendy, too, could receive a lucrative contract offer.

For now, there are no concrete movements on this front, but the Frenchman has a good reputation in Saudi and the possibility of a move exists.

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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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