Leicester City has made its fourth signing of the summer, inking French midfielder Nampalys Mendy to a four year deal worth a reported 13 million pounds.
After completing his medical last week, Mendy was officially unveiled on Sunday following weeks of speculation. Leicester beat out West Ham for the Frenchman as the Foxes look to deepen their squad in time for Champions League action.
Coming over from OGC Nice in the French Ligue 1, Mendy played in all 38 matches for his club last season, scoring once and adding two assists. He was a major component in a Nice side that finished fourth and qualified for the Europa League.
In an interview with the LCFC website, Mendy expressed his excitement about the new deal and playing in the Premier League.
I am very happy to come to Leicester City. The team have just enjoyed a great season and it's excellent to be here. For me I want to play at this level. I like the Premier League and I follow every match. It's fast and physical and I want to impose myself on the league. - Nampalys Mendy
Despite the young age, Mendy is very experienced, making over 100 appearances for Nice in all competitions. Before arriving at Nice, he was instrumental in helping AS Monaco and then-manager Claudio Ranieri secure the Ligue 2 title.
With experience playing under current Foxes manager Ranieri, Mendy is expected to compliment the midfield rather than replace any current player. Playing with a similar style to Foxes midfielder N’Golo Kante, it is long since reported that Ranieri wants Mendy to learn from Leicester’s current France international.
The biggest draw with Mendy is his 92% pass accuracy last season after attempting over 3,200 passes. He can play either central midfield or defensive midfield. At 5’6" tall, he has been referred to as a carbon-copy of Claude Makelele.
Welcome to Leicester, Nampalys 'Papy' Mendy!— Leicester City (@LCFC) July 3, 2016
ESPN is also reporting that Leicester are close to signing CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa "shortly."
The deal for Mendy is still subject to approval by the Premier League and the English FA.