Manchester City eyeing Ryan Bertrand as Benjamin Mendy replacement


Manchester City are planning a move for Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand in the January transfer window as cover for injured Frenchman Benjamin Mendy, according to the Daily Mail.

The former AS Monaco defender picked up an ACL injury in the 5-0 win over Crystal Palace last month, ruling him out for the next six months.

Fabian Delph has filled the gap at left-back in his absence, impressing in Manchester City’s 1-0 win away to title holders Chelsea, while Danilo is also capable of covering on the left side.

But with important UEFA Champions League fixtures looming and FA Cup fixtures to add to their schedule in January, Pep Guardiola will look to further bolster his full-back ranks with the signing of the ex-Chelsea man.

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Ryan Bertrand enjoyed an incredible UEFA Champions League debut, starting on the left flank for Chelsea in the Final against Bayern Munich in 2012. He was taken off after 70 minutes as Chelsea recorded their first ever Champions League triumph, with Didier Drogba scoring the decisive penalty in a shootout.

It is believed that Southampton will be hesitant to negotiate a fee for the England international outside of a lucrative offer from Manchester City which, judging by their recent transfer activity, could very well come to fruition.

Manchester City spent a combined £133 million over the summer on full-backs, bringing in Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo.


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