Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid left-back Ferland Mendy this summer and the Frenchman could add some serious quality to Erik ten Hag’s defence.
According to reports in Spain, the Champions League winners are willing to sell Mendy this summer, with Antonio Rudiger’s imminent arrival likely to see David Alaba moved to left-back, leaving the Frenchman on the bench.
They suggest that United and Chelsea are both keen on bringing him to England, while Juventus are also keen on signing the former Lyon man in what could be a €48m (£41m) deal.
It is something of a surprise that Los Blancos are willing to part ways with the £36m-rated Mendy, given that he was a regular for Carlo Ancelotti’s side last season as they secured the La Liga title, as well as the Champions League after a 1-0 win over Liverpool.
The 27-year-old would make 22 appearances in the Spanish top-flight, contributing two goals and one assist, with WhoScored awarding him an impressive 6.96 average rating for his performances.
This ranks him ahead of both Alex Telles and Luke Shaw, who alternated as United’s first-choice options last season, and Ten Hag will surely be looking for a more consistent option on the left next term as he looks to shore up a United defence that shipped 57 goals in the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.
Not only would United be getting a left-back who has played for one of the strongest club sides and countries in recent years, but they would also be signing someone who already has an established partnership with Raphael Varane.
The former Madrid man was highly complimentary of Mendy during his time in Spain, saying:
“He has amazing physical strength. He is adapting well to the team and to the league, and this helps us a lot.
“His main strength helps him in defence, but he helps in other areas as well. He is a really tough player, and he is showing his potential this season.”
Therefore, considering both Telles and Shaw have been criticised for their defensive ability in the past, signing Mendy could be exactly what United need to bring the best out of Varane and ensure that they aren’t so easily breached next season.