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Manchester City step up interest in Leicester star ahead of potential summer deal – report

Manchester City are stepping up their efforts to add Leicester City and England left-back Ben Chilwell to the squad next summer, ESPN FC reports.

Chilwell has emerged as a leading target for City to reinforce the problematic left-back position, with Benjamin Mendy often being injured since his big money move from Monaco in 2017.

Mendy recently returned from another long-term injury against Burton in the Carabao Cup but missed the weekend FA Cup win over Burnley with swelling to his knee, which could see him miss tomorrow’s tie with Newcastle.

Fabian Delph, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Danilo have stood in for Mendy, but Guardiola has no specialist left-back in his squad besides the Frenchman and in addition to a holding midfielder, a new left-back is now among the summer priorities.

And Chilwell, 22, is said to be a leading target having impressed for Leicester, leading to him winning five caps for England in 2018. His nationality would also mean another homegrown face in City’s squad.

The player will not come cheap if indeed Leicester are open to a sale, with suggestions that City may have to again splash out in the region of £50 million, just as they did for Mendy and Kyle Walker, to acquire Chilwell.

Even if Mendy stays fit from now on, Chilwell would provide strong competition to him, just as Danilo is for Walker on the other flank, and the addition of a second natural left-back would give Guardiola a more balanced squad.

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