Real Madrid signed French defender Ferland Mendy from Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday for 48 million euros (54 million U.S. dollars) in the latest bid to strengthen their side for next season.
The move, confirmed by both clubs, took the La Liga club's summer spending to an estimated 300 million euros (339 million U.S. dollars) as they attempt to bounce back from a trophy-less 2018-19 season during which they employed three coaches.
The club have also signed Belgium forward Eden Hazard from Chelsea for around 100 million euros (113 million U.S. dollars) as well as Serbia striker Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt, Brazilian Rodrygo from Santos and central defender Eder Militao from Porto.
Mendy, who has signed a six-year contract, joined Lyon in 2017 from Le Havre. The 24-year-old made 79 appearances, scoring three goals and providing seven assists.
He has played four times for France since making his debut in November in a friendly against Uruguay.
Real Madrid will pay an initial 48 million euros (54 million U.S. dollars) for Mendy with a possible further five million euros (5.6 million U.S. dollars) in incentive payments.
(Top image: Lyon's Ferland Mendy (R) controls the ball while defending Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League match in Lyon, France, February 19, 2019. /VCG Photo)