Benjamin Mendy has completed his A?52m transfer from Monaco to Manchester City to become the world’s most expensive defender.

Benjamin Mendy
Mendy is the third most expensive Premier League signing of the summer

The 23-year-old France left-back has signed a five-year deal with the club. Mendy is City’s fifth major signing of the summer and takes their spending to more than A?200m.

Mendy said: “I am very proud. This is what I wanted from the very beginning. As soon as the championship was over, I talked to my family and it was all clear in my head: I wanted to join Manchester City.

“I think I am the right person for the group. I am easily adaptable. There are some players with whom I exchanged a few emails, I knew them from some years ago. Regarding football, I can bring a lot of creativity in the game, I can offer different solutions, I like to take to play as full-back and provide assists for the strikers.”

“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.

Mendy joins a cash-packed Man City Backline

He is the Premier League club’s fifth major signing of the summer following the recruitment of England right-backAKyle WalkerAfor A?45m, plus a potential A?5m of add-ons, Portugal midfielderABernardo SilvaA(A?43m), Brazilian keeperAEderson MoraesA(A?35m) and defenderADaniloAfrom Real Madrid (A?26.5m).

The arrival of Mendy leaves Manchester City with the most expensive defensive line-up in world football. Mendy has emerged as one of the best left-backs in Europe despite just a single season at Monaco following a A?13m move from Marseille last summer, and was one of a number of Monaco players of interest to other clubs following their French Ligue 1 triumph.

They have sold left-backAAleksandar Kolarov,A31, to Roma for A?4.5m.


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