After weeks of chasing and even having him fly over to the North East, Sunderland have failed in their move for French fullback Benjamin Mendy after he opted to sign for Marseille.
Earlier today on the Marseille official website the club confirmed;
Marseille and Le Havre have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Benjamin Mendy.
Marseille emerged as a late contender for his signature after it was believed that Sunderland were in pole position with Cardiff City in second, however the interest of the French giants was enough to turn Mendy and make a quick decision on his future.
Mendy travelled to Marseille's training camp to view the facilities and meet his potential new teammates, even joining in practice ahead of heading to Clairefontaine to link up with his international colleagues ahead of an Under-19 summer tournament.
Whilst there hasn't been an official confirmation, the player himself tweeted earlier this evening;
Hello Twitter, I am officially Marseillais.
And so we can put that to rest, with all attentions now on securing the services of another left-back, although moves for either Lucas Orban or Danny Rose will be anything but simple.