Manchester City is reportedly closing on the signing of Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy after an increase of the pace in negotiations. However, Monaco is still at the point of demanding 50 million pounds, a high fee for the French footballer. The high prices seem to be a product of Monaco losing a lot of its top talent due to their surprise success in the Ligue 1, winning the title last season out of nowhere. Mendy was excellent for the club last season, making 36 appearances and scoring eight assists, a lofty total from the defender position. The last bid by Manchester City for Mendy was reported to be 40 million pounds.
Manchester City close to agreeing deal for Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy. Monaco want £50m. Significant progress in negotiations
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 13, 2017
This marks the latest attempt by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to procure an elite back, after a breakdown in negotiations with Dani Alves, who ended up signing with Paris Saint-Germain instead. Kyle Walker from Tottenham United is another target of Guardiola’s this season. Internal reports say that Guardiola would like to get them signed this week so that both Mendy and Walker can participate in a preseason tour of the United States. Walker is expected to cost 50 million pounds as well.
Mendy, for his part, has been hinting for days at a move to the English Premier League. For example, on Instagram, he posted a picture of himself in the desert wearing a pair of underwear with the design of the British flag emblazoned on it. He captioned the photograph, “See you soon.” Monaco is preparing for the departure of Mendy by leaving him off their preseason roster, as they will be heading to Switzerland today. Monaco technically cited him out with a right thigh injury, sustained during an international match with the French squad, but it is believed that he is close to full recovery and that this is just a measure to make sure the potential deal doesn’t fall apart.