In Focus: Bertrand should join Man City despite Chelsea and Liverpool interest

According to reports in The Mirror, Manchester City could face competition from Chelsea and Liverpool in the race to sign Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that City were believed to be closing in on a deal for the 27-year-old after talks with Monaco over a £40m deal for Benjamin Mendy collapsed, but a move isn’t close just yet with two of their Premier League rivals keeping a close eye on developments.

All three clubs are looking to bring in a new left-sided defender before the start of the new season, and they know that Bertrand looks to want out of Southampton after they failed to qualify for Europe and endured a disappointing Premier League campaign.

How good is Bertrand?

He has proven during his time at St Mary’s that with regular football – something he failed to get at Chelsea previously – he is a consistent performer who brings a lot of quality to the team.

As well as being very strong defensively, he has also given Southampton another attacking dimension too with his ability to get up and down the pitch – he provided five assists in 28 Premier League appearances this season.

It is form that has helped him become a regular for England too, especially with the absence of Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose in recent months.

Would he be a good signing for the trio?

He certainly would be.

City need a new left-back following the news that Gael Clichy will leave following the expiry of his contract, and Bertrand certainly has the legs to get up and down the pitch that perhaps the Frenchman was starting to lose.

Meanwhile, while James Milner has done well in an unfamiliar role there is no doubt that Jurgen Klopp will be keen to bring a natural left-back to Anfield, but it could be difficult to deal with Southampton considering they have been reported for an illegal approach for Virgil van Dijk.

Finally, Chelsea need cover for Marcos Alonso but it is unclear whether the 27-year-old would want to return to Stamford Bridge considering he left before when he wasn’t playing regularly.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, despite the interest from Chelsea and Liverpool a move to Manchester City still looks the most likely with Bertrand almost certain to leave St Mary’s this summer.