Chelsea are amongst several Premier League clubs interested in signing Real Madrid star Ferland Mendy, as per El Nacional.
The Blues tried signing the France international in the last two summer transfer windows but to no avail. Madrid pointed towards his €250 million release clause, which seemingly put Chelsea off the trail.
However, president Florentino Perez is now willing to let him leave for a fee of €80 million. It remains to be seen if the Blues will retain their interest under the new management.
Thomas Tuchel was at the managerial helm for the last two summer transfer windows. Graham Potter arrived on September 8 to replace the German tactician.
The Blues also spent a fee of €68 million to sign Marc Cucurella from Brighton & Hove Albion. Hence, spending lavishly on another left-back doesn’t make the most sense for them.
Despite Marco Alonso’s departure to Barcelona this summer, the club have England international Ben Chilwell competing with Cucurella.
Mendy is admired by Los Blancos. However, they are reportedly unhappy with his physical fitness and limited ability going forward. Fran Garcia of Rayo Vallecano has been touted as a potential replacement for the Frenchman.
Garcia developed at Real Madrid’s academy before leaving for Vallecano at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.