Danilo joins City to provide versatility at back

Danilo joins City to provide versatility at back

Danilo joins City to provide versatility at back

Manchester City once again broke bank to bolster their defensive lineup as they signed Benjamin Mendy from Monaco for a reported fee of 52 million pounds.

He continued: "Last season catapulted the youngster onto the global stage as part of the exciting, cavalier Monaco side that upset the odds in Ligue 1 and the Champions League".

The 26-year-old has joined City on a five-year contract and will immediately link up with Pep Guardiola's squad in the United States, where he may make his City debut in the International Champions Cup. After Gael Clichy and Aleksander Kolarov left the club, there were no viable left-back options.

It is believed that City are to pay 30 million euros plus five million in add-ons for the defender, who departs Real after two years in Madrid.

Playmaker Bernardo Silva, another of Monaco's jewels under Leonardo Jardim, began the influx and was followed by Benfica goalkeeper Ederson, with Walker and Brazilian youngster Douglas Luiz arriving ahead of another full-back in Danilo.

Mendy - now the world's most expensive defender after signing for City - may be considered one of the world's luckiest players with the Frenchman set to become of a select few to play for both Bielsa and Guardiola.

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

Imagine just how different Mendy's career may have been had he moved to the Wearside club four years ago.

Guardiola's first chance to get a look at Mendy in a competitive game for City will be 12 August, when they play Brighton in their first game of the Premier League season.

Mendy joins the likes of Kyle Walker and Danilo as the fullbacks that were brought in this summer.

Vincent Kompany is optimistic that Manchester City's six new signings are "hungry to win" titles with the club, as he targets a third Premier League crown. I am used to playing as right-back but any time I'm on the pitch in the starting 11, I'm always happy. Every year I want to improve.

The Citizens are desperately looking for a buyer as Pep Guardiola made clear he no longer figures in his plans at the Etihad.

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