Manchester City have taken their spending on full backs this summer up to £133million after completing the signing of Benjamin Mendy from AS Monaco.
The French defender is the third full back to join the club this summer following the captures of Kyle Walker and Danilo.
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) July 24, 2017
Mendy joins Pep Guardiola’s side in a £52m deal after flying out to Los Angeles to undergo a medical and join his new team-mates on their tour of America on Sunday.
The 23-year-old has signed a five-year deal and will wear the No 22 shirt at the Etihad Stadium.
The France international is primed to make his debut for his new side in Wednesday’s pre-season friendly with Real Madrid in LA.
Speaking to the club’s website, Mendy admitted: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City.’
Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy earned Monaco £140 million from an investment of just £33 million. Fantastic business. pic.twitter.com/5I7mwMwdGW
— Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) July 24, 2017
City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, added:
“Benjamin has all the qualities we are looking for in a full back. For such a young player, he has a wealth of top-level experience. He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full backs, our number one target in this position. We are all delighted to have him here at Manchester City. I’m sure he will prove a fantastic addition to the squad.”
City’s £133m spree started with the acquisition of Walker for £54m earlier this month, followed by the £27m signing of Danilo from Real Madrid over the weekend.
Benjamin Mendy’s 2016/17 Ligue 1 by numbers:
40 tackles won
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 24, 2017
In a play on the famous song by Mancunian band New Order, Mendy’s arrival was teased on Twitter with the question ‘How does it feel?’
The lyrics are part of their 1983 hit, ‘Blue Monday’, with the defender’s unveiling being promoted via the hashtag #BlueMendy.