Manchester City have been linked with a move for Fulham left-back Antonee Robinson recently and if he were to join, it could see Benjamin Mendy finally depart Pep Guardiola’s side.
According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City, along with a number of other top-flight clubs, are said to be interested in signing the USA international this summer.
Robinson was a regular for the Craven Cottage outfit last season as they were relegated from the Premier League, making 28 appearances and averaging an impressive 6.84 rating from WhoScored for his performances, which was enough to rank him as the joint-third best performer for the West London side.
Scott Parker was full of praise for the young left-back in his debut season in the Premier League, saying:
“He’s done incredibly well. [He’s] a boy with a big, big heart and a boy with a fearless attitude that embraces and takes things on a daily basis, same as in the games.
“He’s got quality and ability which I think we’re all seeing. [There’s] still loads to improve and loads to learn, but he has a real work ethic about him and a mentality about him that he’s willing to do that.”
City are not short of options at left-back, with Oleksandr Zinchenko, Joao Cancelo, Benjamin Mendy and Nathan Ake rotating there last season, which suggests that if the £6.3m-rated Robinson were to arrive at the Etihad, at least one of them would have to leave.
Of those, it seems extremely unlikely that Zinchenko or Cancelo would depart after superb performances last season, whilst Ake spent much of the season injured and also offers depth at centre-back, so Mendy would surely be the likeliest to leave.
Recent reports have linked the injury-prone Frenchman with a move to Inter, so if he does leave and City do look for a replacement, then sporting director Txiki Begiristain should definitely consider a move for Robinson, as he looks to be a great young back-up for Guardiola to have in his squad.
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