Leicester City could be set to offload midfielder Nampalys Mendy in a last-minute deal to Turkish giants Galatasaray.
According to The Leicester Mercury, the 29-year-old is facing a race against time to complete a season-long Gala after being left out of the Foxes’ Europa League squad by Brendan Rodgers.
The Turkish window closes tonight, though, meaning Mendy only has a few hours to seal his move to the Türk Telekom Stadium or he risks sitting on the sidelines until January.
His agent Yacine Ayad provided an update on the Senegal international’s situation in an interview with French outlet FootMercato on Tuesday evening, saying: “The two clubs are okay and Nampalys also for a loan. But the player must arrive in (Senegalese capital) Dakar in the next few hours.
“It is, therefore, a race against time which promises to make him arrive in Istanbul before 23:59 tomorrow (Wednesday) evening and the end of the Turkish transfer window.”
Mendy has struggled to establish himself in the Leicester starting XI since arriving at the King Power Stadium back in 2016, making just 79 appearances for the Midlands outfit in his five-year stay.
It was hoped that the diminutive defensive midfielder would be able to replace N’Golo Kante after the Frenchman departed for Chelsea, but he struggled to live up to those expectations, playing just 271 minutes of Premier League action in his maiden campaign on English shores.
He returned to former club Nice on a year-long loan the following season, before returning to Leicester following the arrival of Claude Puel as the new manager.
Mendy enjoyed a solid 2018/19 campaign, making 31 top-flight appearances for the current FA Cup holders, but Puel’s dismissal once again saw his playing time significantly reduced.
With the arrival of former Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare pushing the £55,000-per-week Mendy even further down Rodgers’ pecking order, a move away from Leicester may be the best solution for all parties.
Therefore, the Northern Irish tactician will surely be delighted that one of his unwanted fringe players could be leaving the club imminently, reducing the chances of the squad harmony being negatively impacted and freeing up funds in the wage budget.