Manchester City hoped to have the signing of Benjamin Mendy from Monaco tied up earlier this week, but had to cancel plans for a medical on Tuesday because the clubs have been unable to agree a fee.
According to Paul Hirst of The Times, talks between the clubs for Mendy have been going on for over a month and Monaco are demanding £45million for Mendy, who turned 23 on Monday, but it is an amount City appear reluctant to pay as an agreement has still not been found.
The club still hope to sign Mendy and are also hoping to recruit another left-back, despite Pep Guardiola’s plans to use Danilo in three positions – right-back, left-back and defensive midfield. It was reported last night by several Italian sources that Roma are close to a deal for Aleksandar Kolarov, which would mean both of City’s left-backs from last season would be gone.
The main target to compete and rotate with Mendy is Ryan Bertrand of Southampton, who is valued at £30million, but the Saints are resisting City’s attempts to sign the England international and that deal may prove difficult to pull off.
The wait goes on for Mendy and the longer it does, the greater the possibility of another club tempting him, with Mendy having no shortage of admirers. Chelsea, for example, have been unsuccessful in attempts to close a deal for left-back Alex Sandro and may see Mendy as a viable alternative…