Various French media outlets are reporting that Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy is close to signing a contract at Premier League champions Leicester City.
According to Calciomercato, the 23-year-old player is expected to complete a £9.5 million transfer in order to become the replacement of N’Golo Kante, who has been linked with moves to pretty much every big Premier League club as well as Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
The 23-year-old started every Ligue 1 match for Nice last season and was key in helping the club finish fourth in the table, securing a place in next season’s Europa League.
It’s widely believed Kante is set to leave the King Power Stadium this summer, after impressing during the Foxes’ unexpected title run this season.
Chelsea and Liverpool are keeping tabs on the France international, who’s currently playing for his country at Euro 2016. However, Arsenal are the front-runners to pay up for his services, as Kante has a £19.8 million release clause in his contract.
Meanwhile, Leicester will offer Riyad Mahrez a new £100k-a-week deal as they attempt to convince one of their key players to stay amid interest from the likes of Arsenal and PSG, according to The Daily Telegraph.