Having already paid $50 million to sign right back Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City has reportedly addressed the left back position by acquiring Benjamin Mendy from AS Monaco. According to The Guardian, the transfer will cost Manchester City 57.5 million Euros, which works out to just over $67 million.
The transfer fee represents a new record for Manchester City, surpassing the amount paid for Walker last week.
While Monaco loses an important player in Mendy, they do so at a significant profit, as Mendy was acquired from Ligue 1 competitors Marseille for 13 million Euros last summer. Mendy played in 31 matches across all competitions for Monaco last season, not scoring but assisting on eight of the team’s goals.
Six of Mendy’s appearances came in the UEFA Champions League, an event in which Monaco reached the semifinal round before being eliminated by Juventus. He also played in 24 of the team’s 38 Ligue 1 matches, with Monaco winning its first title in 17 years. Mendy’s play at Monaco earned him his first career call-up to France’s senior national team, with his first appearance coming against Spain in March. Since then Mendy’s been capped three more times, most recently starting the team’s friendly against England on June 13.
Aleksandar Kolarov saw the majority of the playing time at left back last season, appearing in 29 Premier League matches, with Gael Clichy appearing in 16.
Clichy was one of four players released by the club shortly after the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. As for Kolarov, he’s expected to make the move from Manchester City to Roma. Kolarov joined Manchester City in 2010, making the move from Lazio (Roma’s city rival).