Leicester are ‘negotiating’ with Saint-Etienne over a potential deal for Nampalys Mendy, according to L’Equipe, via Sport Witness.
Mendy has struggled to nail down a regular spot in the Foxes’ team since joining from Nice in the summer of 2016.
He returned to the Ligue 1 side on loan in 2017/18, and although he did feature 32 times for Leicester last season, he could still leave.
Saint-Etienne are being strongly linked with signing him before the transfer window closes, seeing Mendy as a ‘priority’ target.
The 27-year-old only has a year remaining on his current contract, meaning he would be allowed to leave for free next summer.
That only heightens the chances of Leicester letting him join Saint-Etienne imminently, especially with Youri Tielemans signing permanently from Monaco.
It is believed that Leicester will try to sell Mendy for close to the €16 million they paid for his services three years ago.
2019/20 Premier League: Leicester's first 5 fixtures
It all starts for Leicester City on August 11th, as Wolves head to the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes are being tipped for a possible top-six finish and this will be an early test of their credentials.
The first away game of the campaign is a tricky one, as Chelsea host Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Stamford Bridge will be buzzing ahead of Frank Lampard’s maiden home match in charge.
Sheffield United (a)
A trip to Sheffield United follows, in what will be an interesting challenge.
On paper, Leicester should be too strong, but the Blades could have that early season ‘bounce’ that promoted teams occasionally enjoy.
Leicester finish August with the visit of Bournemouth, who continue to be a solid Premier League outfit.
Both Rodgers and Eddie Howe attempt to play good football, so this could be an entertaining affair.
Man United (a)
Once the first international break of the season is over, Leicester head to Manchester United.
The question is: where will Harry Maguire be plying his trade at that point?
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