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Man City set to take their summer spending on full-backs over £130million

Etihad chiefs launch fourth bid for Monaco star and are set to finally get their man in £51.6m deal

No offence to any full-backs out there, but right-back and left-back are the worst positions on the pitch.

Nobody grows up wanting to be a full-back.

One man who does have great respect for the role is Pep Guardiola.

Etihad chief Pep Guardiola is determined to keep strengthening his full-back posiitons

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Man City made Kyle Walker history’s most expensive defender last week in a deal worth £50million.

In the next few days they are set to drop another £81.6million on two more full-backs.

Walker’s record is under threat as well as reports from L’Equipe suggest City have agreed a fee of £51.6million for Benjamin Mendy.

The Etihad residents have had three offers for the French full-back rebuffed by Monaco but it seems negotiations have finally been resolved.

Mendy featured as Monaco dumped City out of the Champions League

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Mendy featured as Monaco dumped City out of the Champions League

Mendy has been one of Monaco’s leading lights – starring at left-back in a title-winning season for the principality club.

The 23-year-old played 39 matches in his first season after arriving from Marseille last summer.

The Le Harve academy graduate performances earned him four France caps earlier this year.

Mendy has won four caps for France since making his debut this year

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Mendy has won four caps for France since making his debut this year

Guardiola is also close to bringing in Real Madrid right-back Danilo after jumping ahead of Chelsea in the race for the Brazil international.

Real Madrid will require around £30m for the former Porto star.

Real Madrid defender Danilo is also a target for City

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Real Madrid defender Danilo is also a target for City

Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna were all released by Man City in June and Aleksandar Kolarov is expected to join Roma in the next few days.

City are hoping this comprehensive overhaul of their defence will allow Guardiola to implement his favoured tactical approach of using quick full-backs to overlap and join attacks freely.

£130million is quite enough though.

There are other positions, Pep.


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