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21 July 2017

Benjamin Mendy edges nearer Manchester City deal as Monaco leave the France star out of squad

BENJAMIN MENDY has been left out of the Monaco squad as Manchester City intensify talks to land the France left-back.

The Ligue 1 champions rate the 23-year-old in the same price bracket as City‘s new £50million right-back Kyle Walker.

Benjamin Mendy could be close to a big-money move to the Premier League
Benjamin Mendy could be close to a big-money move to the Premier League
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Kyle Walker is already involved in warm-up games for Man city after his switch from Spurs
Kyle Walker is already involved in warm-up games for Man city after his switch from Spurs
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But Monaco dropped another hint they expect to lose Mendy by omitting him from their trip to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.

Etihad chief Pep Guardiola began the summer chasing at least two full-backs.

But Spurs have rebuffed any City hopes of Danny Rose following fellow England team-mate Walker from White Hart Lane to City.

So Guardiola is unlikely to back down in his pursuit of Mendy, who missed Monaco’s recent tour of Switzerland due to injury.

Monaco, though, have clung on to £100m Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe, 18.

And they are also battling to retain 21-year-old Thomas Lemar, who Arsenal offered £30.7m for.

Both France starlets are in the 23-man Monaco squad for this weekend.


Kylian Mbappe seems like to stay at Monaco aftre they hit out at alleged illegal approaches
Kylian Mbappe seems like to stay at Monaco aftre they hit out at alleged illegal approaches
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Etihad chief Pep Guardiola is determined to keep strengthening his full-back posiitons
Etihad chief Pep Guardiola is determined to keep strengthening his full-back posiitons
PA:Press Association
Benjamin Mendy could soon be a team-mate of Man City and England flier Raheem Sterling
Benjamin Mendy could soon be a team-mate of Man City and England flier Raheem Sterling
PA:Press Association
Spurs left-back Danny Rose is unlikely to be a target for Manchester City - making Benjamin Mendy the favourted target for Etihad chief Pep Guardiola
Spurs left-back Danny Rose is unlikely to be a target for Manchester City – making Benjamin Mendy the favourted target for Etihad chief Pep Guardiola
PA:Press Association

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