Zinedine Zidane has instructed Real Madrid to sign Lyon full-back Ferland Mendy this summer, according to a report in Marca.
The 23-year-old has made 70 appearances for the French club since his 2017 move from Le Havre and has been called-up to the France national team, while he has also been linked to Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
Mendy, who has dual nationality with Senegal, has received comparisons with current Madrid full-back Marcelo, whom Zidane wants to provide competition too.
Sergio Reguilon may be loaned out by Los Blancos this summer while it does not appear that Theo Hernandez – on loan at Real Sociedad – has a long-term future in Madrid.
“Honestly, I do not have a dream club…today, I'm at Olympique Lyonnais, I'm fine here,” Mendy told Telefoot back in November.
“I'm thinking about completing the season here with the club, with my team-mates and giving everything until the end of the year.
“If something happens, something happens, but I do not really think about it.”