City sign Benjamin Mendy in £49m deal
By Ric Turner, Tue 25 July 2017 10:00
Summer spending tops £200m following arrival of French international
Benjamin Mendy has become City's fifth signing of the summer, joining in a £49m move from French champions Monaco.
The left back, who will wear the number 22 shirt, has signed a six year deal with the club. His arrival takes City's summer spending past the £200m mark, and the Blues could still yet move for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.
Mendy impressed Guardiola when Monaco knocked City out of the Champions League last season, and fills the gap left by the departures of Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov, who joined AS Roma last week.
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City,” Mendy said. “They are one of Europe’s leading Clubs and in Pep Guardiola they have a manager committed to playing attacking football.
“I am sure that over the next few years we will be successful.”
City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, said: “Benjamin has all the qualities we are looking for in a full-back. For such a young player, he has a wealth of top-level experience.
“He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs, our number one target in this position. We are all delighted to have him here at Manchester City.
“I’m sure he will prove a fantastic addition to the squad.”