Marseille expected to win race for Sunderland target Mendy

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MARSEILLE are now expected to win the race for Sunderland target Benjamin Mendy.

The 18-year-old spent two days holding talks with Sunderland last week and the Black Cats were hopeful of concluding a deal for the Le Havre left-back.

But Marseille now look as if they will gazump Sunderland to Mendy’s signature, even though Sunderland remain the only club to have agreed a fee with Le Havre.

Mendy visited Marseille’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland yesterday for discussions with the French side, who have secured a place in next season’s Champions League.

Sources in France suggest Sunderland have offered Mendy a more lucrative offer, but the France Under-19 international is thought to prefer a move to Marseille.