Benjamin Mendy has completed his £52m transfer from Monaco to Manchester City to become the world’s most expensive defender and has become City’s fifth major signing of the summer and takes their spending to more than £200m.
The 23-year-old France left-back has signed a five-year deal with the club. He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs, our number one target in this position,” said director of football Txiki Begiristain. Mendy played 34 times for Monaco last season and helped them to their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years after joining them from Marseille last summer.
He is the Premier League club’s fifth major signing of the summer following the recruitment of England right-back Kyle Walker for £45m, plus a potential £5m of add-ons, Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva (£43m), Brazilian keeper Ederson Moraes (£35m) and defender Danilo from Real Madrid (£26.5m).
They have sold left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, 31, to Roma for £4.5m.