SUNDERLAND’S interest in Le Havre full-back Benjamin Mendy looks to be at end with the youngster set to join French giants Marseille.
The left-back came to the Stadium of Light last week and appeared close to signing a deal but his head appears to have been turned by late interest from Champions League side Marseille.
The French youth international joined Marseille in a Swiss training camp at the weekend and all the evidence points to him preferring to stay in his homeland.
The sticking point was whether Marseille would match Sunderland’s offer which had been accepted by Le Havre.
Initially, it looked as though Marseille might look to get the youngster on the cheap, something Le Havre flatly refused to countenance.
Had there been uncertainty, Sunderland were ready to go back with an improved offer to Le Havre and improved personal terms for the defender.
But Marseille appear to have matched Le Havre’s valuation and Mendy’s mind seems firmly made up that he wants to stay on home soil.
A statement published in France confirmed: “Marseille and Le Havre have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Benjamin Mendy.”
While the France youth international posted on his Twitter account: “Hello Twitter, I am officially Marseillais.”