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Benjamin Mendy has completed his £52m transfer from Monaco to Manchester City to become the world's most expensive defender

City made three offers for Mendy (below) before Monaco finally accepted a fourth bid after weeks of protracted negotiations.

The Ligue 1 victor joins the Mancunian giants on a five-year contract, for a reported fee of £52m.

Guardiola might come under pressure next season at City as the club he joined a year ago has now splashed just under than £300 million (R5 billion) on defensive players since 2014.

Mendy has been particularly impressed by the club's ambition to bring in top-level players.

"He is undoubtedly one of the world's best full backs, our number one target in this position".

The left-back is delighted with the move and believes Manchester City play the game the right way.

The new addition to the Manchester City squad, Benjamin Mendy says joining the EPL is something he has always wanted.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola could hand £52m signing Benjamin Mendy his debut on Monday as the Citizens take on European champions Real Madrid in a pre-season clash. "I prefer just to play".

City, now in the United States for the first leg of their pre-season tour, begin their league campaign with a trip to face newly-promoted Brighton & Hove Albion on August 12.

The France left-back's arrival from Monaco takes City's spending to a staggering £217m (€243m), with Pep Guardiola having spent nearly £130m (€145m) on three full-backs in only 10 days.

If the reported figure of £52.5 million is indeed correct, Mendy is the most expensive defender in history, surpassing Kyle Walker and John Stones who have also cost City a lot of money to sign.

The ex-Marseille man was partially responsible for City's early exit from the Champions League last season, as away goals saw Pep Guardiola's side eliminated from the competition at the round of 16 stage following a 6-6 aggregate scoreline.

The Frenchman isn't thought to be part of Pep Guardiola's plans for the new season despite playing some part in the second-half of City's Manchester derby friendly in Houston last week.


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