Chelsea v Man City
It’s been a busy week for Man City in the transfer market.
Pep Guardiola is on the verge of spending close to 100 million pounds in a little over seven days as the Sky Blues boost their backline.
Kyle Walker has arrived from Tottenham, while Brazilian full-back Danilo is poised to join City from Real Madrid.
While the right-side of City’s defence has been bolstered, however, efforts to bring in fresh blood at left-back have so far stalled.
Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium for a while, but on Thursday news broke that the Ligue 1 champions have rejected a fresh City bid.
And that may have opened up an opportunity for Chelsea to hijack the deal.
What’s the story?
The likes of the Telegraph have reported that Monaco have rebuffed a £44.5 million offer from City for Mendy. The broadsheet reports:
The French champions are demanding City pay at least the same as it took to sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur – a deal that is worth £50million plus add-ons which could see it rise to £53million – to acquire Mendy.
Will City raise their offer? You’d have to expect so.
It’s also worth noting that Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand, who won the Champions League with Chelsea, is another possible City target.
Chelsea make moves
The Telegraph also detail how Antonio Conte could snare Mendy from under City’s nose:
Sources at Monaco also claim the club has now received an enquiry from Chelsea for Mendy with the Premier League champions being asked to be kept informed on developments regarding the French international.
Chelsea had attempted to sign Alex Sandro from Juventus but are refusing to meet their asking price.
If the Blues did secure Mendy, what would that mean for Marcos Alonso?