A week or so ago, we covered an article in L’Equipe claiming that Everton and Watford were after Le Havre defender Ferland Mendy.
The young left-back was valued at around €5m by the Ligue 2 club, but a spat between two agents both claiming to represent him put a bit of a spanner in the works for Ronald Koeman and Marco Silva to get a deal done smoothly.
On top of the Hornets and the Toffees, a handful of French clubs, including Lille, were also after the 21-year-old, and it appears they’ve taken the lead in this one.
According to Wednesday’s edition of the same newspaper, Marcelo Bielsa, who very recently took over at the Ligue 1 side, is pushing hard to sign Mendy from Le Havre.
So far, talks have taken place between the player’s representatives and Lille, but the left-back is currently considering all options, which are likely to include a jump to the Premier League.
At this stage, the decision must be the right one for his career, and, as his namesake Benjamin Mendy would say, few managers will improve you as much as Bielsa will.
The Everton and Watford target scored two goals and picked up five assists in 38 games in all competitions last season.