According to today’s edition of L’Équipe, AS Monaco have reached a fee agreement with Marseille for the transfer of French youth international Benjamin Mendy.
Fee discussions began about 10 days ago and were rapid in their nature. There is no doubt that Marseille will be receiving a great profit for a player that they paid €3.5m for, even if the exact fee is not known at present.
However, the thing that could derail this deal is Mendy’s desire to play in England. Both Liverpool and West Ham United had made enquiries about 10 days ago and asked for time to consider whether or not to make an offer.
Marseille don’t have time, they have to close a deal for Mendy in the next 7 days in order to prove to the French football financial watchdog the DNCG that they have balanced their 2015/16 budget and don’t deserve to face disciplinary action like a points deduction for example.
AS Roma are also in contact, but Monaco are in the driving seat. Marseille will need to definitively make a decision to sell him to ASM in the coming days, every second they wait for a Premier League offer is another second that frustrates Monaco.
If ASM pull out of the deal, Marseille are in real trouble…