OM reach Mendy agreement
Marseille have reached an agreement to sign Benjamin Mendy from Le Havre, dashing Sunderland's hopes of bringing the highly-rated defender across the Channel.
Left-back Mendy, 18, who featured in 57 Ligue 2 games for Le Havre over the last two seasons, visited the Premier League club after a €3.5 million fee had been agreed earlier this month.
The Normandy club's chairman, Jean-Pierre Louvel, said last weekend in an interview with lequipe.fr that Marseille would have to match the Black Cats' offer if they were to acquire Mendy.
However, having seen El-Hadji Ba move to the Stadium of Light on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract earlier this summer, Louvel was determined not to miss out on a fee for Mendy, who has a year left on his deal and has often said he would like to join OM.
L'Equipe said an agreement had now been struck, with a reported fee of €2-3 million settled on. Mendy declared on his Twitter account that he was "officially Marseillais" on Monday after training with Elie Baup's men at their Swiss pre-season camp.
The France Under-19 international, who should sign a four-year contract at the Stade Velodrome, is likely to be presented to the media on Wednesday.