Manchester City are interested in signing left-back Ben Chilwell from Leicester City as they seek an alternative to Benjamin Mendy, per the London Evening Standard.
Mendy has struggled with injury problems throughout his City career and manager Pep Guardiola is aware that he may need to reinforce the full-back position in the summer.
Mendy joined City in a £52million deal from AS Monaco in 2017, per BBC, but has spent the majority of his career at the club on the sidelines.
The left-back was included in the club’s squad for the Carabao Cup game against Burton Albion on Wednesday and is making his latest comeback after undergoing knee surgery, which has forced him to miss ten Premier League games.
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Mendy suffered cruciate ligament damage last season, too, and made just seven Premier League appearances as a result.
The report states that Guardiola has subsequently decided that he will need to recruit cover for Mendy in the summer, and Chilwell has emerged as a target.
The Leicester City star has become an integral member of the Foxes’ squad and, at the age of 22, has already made 76 appearances for the club.
His performances have been such that he has also earned five England caps; he made his debut in the 1-0 win over Switzerland back in September.
This has been coming for Chilwell.
The 22-year-old is one of the finest left-backs in the country and it is no surprise that City have expressed an interest.
Mendy is injury-prone while Fabian Delph is not really a full-back, and fans should be glad to see the Englishman occupy his more natural position as cover for Fernandinho.
Chilwell would offer both genuine competition to Mendy and also boost the homegrown quota without compromising the quality of the first-team, which should ensure Delph’s days as an emergency No.3 are over.
He is a fantastic crosser of the ball and is an astute, reliable defender who has already been recognised internationally.
Of course, City have spent big on full-backs in the past, with Mendy one such example, and any deal for Chilwell would surely come at a premium.
Leicester would surely loathe to again lose one of their best players to the Etihad Stadium, but Chilwell following in Riyad Mahrez’s footsteps makes an awful lot of sense.