HEADLINES: MONACO REJECT MAN CITY BID OF AROUND £44M FOR STAR LEFT BACK BENJAMIN MENDY – SkySports
LEFT BACK – 23 – MONACO – FRANCE
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Manchester City have been linked all summer with a whole host of full backs, and after the £50m deal agreed with Kyle Walker, Monaco are toughening up in the transfer market as the final month of business approaches.
Having already agreed on business in the transfer of Bernardo Silva earlier this summer, Monaco’s star players are increasing in value as more and more players depart. £43m for Silva and £40m for Bakayoko would suggest Monaco value their players around that price range, though they’re playing hardball with the transfer of Thomas Lemar to Arsenal having rejected bids for their young winger, and have now fended off a bid from City for another first-team player – a bid worth more than both the deals they agreed earlier in the window.
It is expected City’s financial power will get the deal over the line, though City have been linked with Ryan Bertrand as well, a very competent backup option. So who exactly is Benjamin Mendy?
At 23, he is arguably still 5 years off his peak, so City would be signing a player with 10 years of his best service ready to give. Though can he adapt to the demands of the Premier League? Mendy has spent his whole career in France, playing for Le Havre, Marseille and Monaco only since the summer of 2016. At youth level he’s an U17 World Cup quarterfinalist with France, and has played at every age group till making the first team, where he made his debut in March 2017 against Spain in a 3-1 win.
How Does He Compare?
Mendy is first choice in a talented list of players City have targeted. With Bertrand also an option, lets see how they compare:
(stats from whoscored.com)
Whilst Mendy seems to succeed offensively with high average dribbles per game and assists over last season, it is Bertrand who has a higher interceptions per game average and seems more clinical in front of goal – though this particular stat perhaps shouldn’t be taken too much into consideration. In fact, the biggest stat that separates the two is their age. Whilst Bertrand is at his full potential now, it seems Mendy has matched that with 4 years still to go. However, it may be fair to say that Bertrand is performing this way in a tougher league.
Mendy has title winning experience with Monaco, and the Champions League run experience to go with it. Though Bertrand is no stranger to European success, having won the Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea in 2012 and 2013.
City have two very good options to pursue, and it may come down to pricing in the end. With Kolarov off to Roma, a left-back is a must for Man City.
City line up next season?
Chances of Transfer: 8/10
Would It Be A Good Signing: 9/10