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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 attentive to the situation of Serie A marksman, Chelsea, Saudi Arabia also keen



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Amid signs of trouble brewing between Napoli and their ace goalscorer Victor Osimhen, Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on the Nigerian hitman’s situation, reports the Daily Mail.

The 24-year-old was one of the pioneers of Napoli’s Serie A title triumph during the 2022/23 season. But the relationship between the player and the club appears to have taken a hit over the past few days.

All is not well between Osimhen and Napoli

It all started with a distasteful video mocking Osimhen’s penalty miss during the game against Bologna that was posted on Napoli’s official TikTok account.

While the club took down the video soon after, it has not gone down too well with the 24-year-old or his entourage.

In fact, Osimhen’s agent even hinted at a possible legal proceeding against the Partenopei for the social media blunder.

The striker was in action for the club’s game against Udinese last night and even scored a goal, but was in no mood to celebrate.

Real Madrid attentive

Given the recent developments, Real Madrid are understood to have taken a note of the situation and are keeping a close eye on the matter.

The Merengues had been linked with a move for Osimhen during the summer transfer window as well, although nothing came of it.

Back on Madrid’s agenda. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

But with the lack of a natural striker beyond Joselu becoming an issue, the Napoli hitman could become an option either in January or in the summer, if he decides to part ways with the Serie A giants.

Apart from Real Madrid, though, clubs from Saudi Arabia are also looking at Osimhen and would be willing to throw cash at him just like they did with several top stars during the summer window.

Chelsea, too, have an interest in Osimhen although they could find it difficult to sign him in January unless they make some cuts to their squad.

It remains to be seen if this leads to anything in the coming months but for now Real Madrid are closely watching the situation surrounding Osimhen.

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