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Manchester City close to deal for Benjamin Mendy - Report

There’s been a breakthrough in negotiations between City and Monaco, and the French left-back is close to a move to England

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Manchester City are closing in on another full-back signing. After reaching an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur for Kyle Walker’s transfer, City are now very close to a deal with AS Monaco for left-back Benjamin Mendy, City’s top target for the position.

According to Sky Sports, there’s been a breakthrough in the negotiations after the Sky Blues agreed to meet Monaco’s asking price. The Ligue 1 champions wanted £50 million for the player, but City were willing to pay just £40 million. After the Dani Alves debacle Pep Guardiola urged the club to do whatever it took to make the deals happen, and they’ve moved quickly to get it done.

City will pay what Monaco have asked and Mendy will be the second player from the Principality club to join City after Bernardo Silva. Monaco have announced Mendy will miss the trip to Switzerland for preseason training due to a “thigh injury”, but that’s not the real reason for his dismissal from the squad.

Mendy is expected in Manchester this weekend for medicals and contract signing, and if it all goes to plan Mendy will fly with the team to the United States.

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