Report: Claudio Ranieri targets talented Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy as first Leicester signing

Leicester City have been linked with Nice star Nampalys Mendy.

According to a report in the French publication RMC Sport, newly-appointed Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is targeting Nice's defensive midfielder Nampalys Mendy as his first summer signing.

The former French U21 international joined Nice from Monaco on a free transfer two years ago and has gone on to become one of the club’s most important players.

Leicester have had an interesting summer of events, although one occurrence yet to happen is the acquisition of a top defensive midfielder, with talk of Caen’s Ngolo Kante - as reported in the Daily Mirror - quieting.

With Esteban Cambiasso’s future with the Foxes uncertain, a new midfield addition is a necessity and fresh reports from France claim new boss Ranieri has cast his eye over Nice star Mendy.

The Italian coach worked with the 5ft 6inch defensive midfielder at the Stade Louis II stadium in Monaco, and RMC Sport label him a priority for the East Midlands outfit.

What would Nampalys Mendy bring to the King Power Stadium?

Despite his diminutive stature, Mendy is a tenacious defensive midfielder who represented Nice 36 times in Ligue 1 last season, averaging two interceptions per match.

Having represented France at all youth levels, the 23-year-old is evidently rated highly by his peers and would add both bite and youthful exuberance to Leicester’s midfield.

The Foxes will be looking to establish themselves as a solid Premier League outfit in the coming years, and in order to do so they will need to look at the foreign market and add youth to their squad.

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