Manchester City turn to Ryan Bertrand as Benjamin Mendy deal stalls


Manchester City are targeting Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand following frustration over Monaco’s demands for Benjamin Mendy.

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If Ryan Bertrand leaves for Manchester City, he will be the 12th player to transfer directly to a Premier League rival in the last three years (Toby Alderweireld’s transfer to Tottenham does not count due to his spell with The Saints only being a loan deal, and he was still owned by Atletico Madrid when Spurs bought him)

The French champions want a fee in excess of £40 million for Benjamin Mendy, while Manchester City believe a deal can be struck with Southampton over the Englishman for considerably less.

Ryan Bertrand will turn 28 by the start of the new season and desperately wants to put himself in contention for the 2018 World Cup with England.

He feels a move to a Champions League club will enhance those chances, whilst his likelihood of earning regular first-team opportunities is buoyed by City’s summer clear-out in the full-back positions.

Gael Clichy and Alexander Kolarov shared the position last season, but the former is now a free agent and the latter has all-but transitioned into a centre-back under Pep Guardiola.

Ryan Bertrand has made 107 appearances for Southampton since signing from Chelsea, the club where he won the Champions League after debuting in the competition in the Final against Bayern Munich, starting at left-wing.


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