Earlier this week Nampalys Mendy confirmed that he would be leaving newly promoted AS Monaco when his contract expired at the end of June. Mendy was a key player in getting Monaco promoted so that they could begin their now epic spending spree, but it seems as though the player believes he will find himself on the outside looking in in the coming season if he does not leave now. There's no reports that Spurs are looking at him, but he's young and free so we ought to be.
Name: Nampalys Mendy
Age: 20 (turns 21 in two weeks)
League: Ligue 1 (probably)
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Can also play: Central Midfield
Nampalys Mendy is a combative defensive midfielder who currently plies his trade for AS Monaco. Mendy made his senior team debut for Monaco in 2010 at the age of 18 and has gone on to make 80 appearances for the club in the following three seasons. His play last season was a big part of the reason that Monaco were able to run away with Ligue 2 and now find themselves spending big in Ligue 1.
Mendy is a bit slight for a defensive midfielder. He's only 5'6" making him smaller than Scott Parker. Obviously, his lack of height means that Mendy isn't very effective at winning aerieal duels, but we he lacks in size Mendy makes up for in energy. The French midfielder has a motor that never quits. His stamina combined with an incredibly high workrate means that he covers a ton of ground each game. He's also pretty quick, especially over short distances.
Mendy also reads the game pretty well. His passing is still improving, but he's at least as good as Scott Parker is in that department right now. Don't count on Mendy to go dribbling forward like most of Spurs other midfielders though. Mendy excels when he can break up an attack and then provide a quick outlet pass to start a counter attack.
Mendy often played as the deepest lying player in a 4-3-3 for Monaco, but his role was more ball-winning midfielder than anchor man or deep-lying playmaker. Basically, he's not the midfield destroyer that Sandro is, he's more akin to a Wilson Palacios, only better. To give you an idea of how much better, many around football and in the press have refered to Mendy as the "new Claude Makelele".
Likely price: Free, plus whatever price a tribunal places on him having to leave because he's under 24.
Probability that valuation is wrong: 0%. He's out of contract in June. Obviously we don't know what the compensation Monaco will have to be paid for his training and whatnot, but it's not going to be outrageously high.
Team's willingness to sell: Well, it doesn't really matter. Claudio Ranieri has said he doesn't want Mendy to leave and that he thinks the player is taking some bad advice from his agent. That, however, doesn't matter. Monaco didn't sign him to an extension and now he's out the door.
Fit at Tottenham Hotspur: Very good. We're always talking about how getting young players in and getting them experience is vital to the continued growth of the club, well Mendy definitely fits that bill. He's only a few months older than Tom Carroll and those two could provide a great midfield of the future for Spurs.
Possibility he ends up at Spurs: Very low. The club being most prominently linked with Mendy right now is Manchester United. The Premier League champions have long needed help to shore up their midfield and a young player like Mendy would certainly go a long way towards doing that. His playing time at either club would probably be about the same, so given the choice I'm sure he's head to Manchester.
Grade if this transfer goes through at likely price: A+. The kid is available on a free and he's supremely talented. There's not much to not like about this deal. Remember how Chelsea keep buying and stockpiling young talent? Remember how awesome some of their players are? Well, this is Tottenham's chance to do that, but with a much smaller outlay of cash. There's no way this deal isn't success.