Man City 'agree record £52m fee for Monaco's Benjamin Mendy'

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Pep Guardiola is desperate to add Mendy to his full-back options after releasing Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta this summer, but their £44.5 million offer has been rejected.

Monaco wing-back Benjamin Mendy is set to join Manchester City in a record breaking £52m deal, with the France global set for a medical later this week, according to The Guardian.

A Monaco representative announced that a fee had been agreed, but Man City is yet to confirm the move.

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According to BBC Sport, Pep Guardiola's side are said to have agreed terms with the Principality club for Mendy, 23, a France worldwide who was instrumental in his team's unexpected charge to Ligue 1 glory last season.

Mendy, aged 23, joined Monaco from Marseille last summer.

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. 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. Chelsea broke their own mammoth transfer record with the £60m signing of Alvaro Morata earlier this week, whilst Manchester United followed up last year's extravagent splurge on Paul Pogba with the relatively modest outlay of £75m for Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. Kolarov joined Manchester City in 2010, making the move from Lazio (Roma's city rival).

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