Manchester City have signed Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy for fee believed to be in the region of £52m, a world record fee for a defender.

The Frenchman, who will wear No.22, puts pen to paper on a five-year deal to become Pep Guardiola’s fifth signing of the summer.

French champions Monaco rejected City’s £44.5m bid last week and held out for the same as what City paid Tottenham for Kyle Walker. Last week City finally signed Walker, after months of negotiations, for a fee of £50m that could rise to £53m including add-ons.

Monaco have proven to be tough negotiators so far during the transfer window, getting a £40m fee from Chelsea for Tiemoue Bakayoko and an initial £43m from City for Bernardo Silva.

Fabinho has not been sold yet despite interest from City, Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain while wonderkid Kylian Mbappe looks set to stay in the principality for at least one more year.

Guardiola has long identified Mendy as the man he wants to be his left-back this season and he becomes City’s fifth signing after Silva, Walker, goalkeeper Ederson and Danilo.

Mendy joins fellow full-back, Danilo of Real Madrid who signed on Sunday as City’s summer spending soars beyond £200m.

Source: The Independent