MANCHESTER City’s spending spree on defenders has continued..
Plus, Javier Hernandez is set for a West Ham medical.
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MANCHESTER City has forked out a record amount of cash to sign France left-back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco for the upcoming Premier League season.
The 23-year-old officially joined City on Monday, signing a five-year deal reportedly worth in excess of £51m ($84m). It means he becomes the Premier League’s most expensive defender, surpassing Kyle Walker, who also signed with City for £50m-plus ($82m).
City has now more than $200m on defenders during this transfer window, with Mendy joining Walker and Denilo (£26m) from Real Madrid.
“Man City are one of Europe’s leading clubs and in Pep Guardiola they have a manager committed to playing attacking football,” Mendy told the club’s website.
Mendy flew to Los Angeles to undergo a medical and complete his record move to Manchester City. He tweeted a picture of him boarding a flight to the Californian city, where City continue their pre-season tour of the US with a clash against Real Madrid in LA in three days’ time, with the caption “Boarding time. Next stop LA”.
City were determined to sign Mendy since the beginning of the transfer window, when Sky Sports News revealed he was a target for them, their rivals Manchester United and champions Chelsea.
City had a £44.5m offer rejected earlier this week by Monaco, who valued him at more than Walker, and an agreement was finally reached on Saturday.
Mendy previously hinted at a move to England when he posted an Instagram picture of himself in Union Jack shorts, accompanied by the caption: “See you soon”.
He has emerged as one of the best left-backs in Europe despite just a single season at Monaco following a £13m move from Marseille last summer, and was one of a number of Monaco players of interest to other clubs following their French Ligue 1 triumph.
City have already signed Bernardo Silva from Monaco and are interested in their highly-coveted striker Kylian Mbappe.
Manchester City have completed the signing of full-back Danilo from Real Madrid on a five-year deal.
The versatile 26-year-old Brazilian international has joined City on their pre-season tour of America, having agreed personal terms and passed his medical.
Danilo had been with Real since 2015, and played 24 matches for Zinedine Zidane’s side last season as they won the Spanish league title, sealed their second consecutive Champions League trophy and won the Club World Cup.
He previously played for America Mineiro and Santos, before moving to Porto, where he won two league titles in four years.
He is now joining Pep Guardiola’s squad for a fee understood to be £26.9m ($44m) and told the CityTV he is excited about the move.
“It’s a big day and a pleasure to be part of this team,” said Danilo.
“I hope to meet the expectations. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and I would love to win the Champions League with Manchester City.”
Guardiola’s presence was a factor in Danilo’s decision, and he added: “Of course, he’s been very important because I love his playing style and he’s convinced me in the talks we have had.
“I’m looking forward to working with him.
“He’s been one reason but it’s also the ambitious project of the club that convinced me to come.
“Football is very dynamic and it requires quality players in every position. So I think a player who can play in different positions at a good level has an advantage and becomes very important for the team as well.
“I prefer just to play. I don’t have a favourite position.
“I am used to playing as right back but any time I’m on the pitch in the starting 11, I’m always happy.
“He [Guardiola] told me I’m ready and I can play in several positions, right back, left back, midfield. I just hope to help him out.”
City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “Danilo is a fine player who offers great versatility to our squad.
“He can operate in several different roles in both defence and midfield, increasing Pep’s options ahead of the new season.”
City have been investing heavily in their squad this summer and Danilo is their second big-money defensive signing, following the acquisition of Kyle Walker from Tottenham.
And Danilo could line up against his former club when City play Real in LA on Wednesday.
Javier Hernandez will fly to London on Tuesday to have a medical and complete his move to West Ham, Sky sources understand.
The 29-year-old Mexico international will become the highest-paid player in the club’s history and is set to be on wages totalling £140,000 a week.
The Hammers agreed terms with Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday, releasing a statement confirming the forward was due in London “in the coming days” to complete the formalities of his move.
‘Chicharito’, as he is known, spent four seasons with Manchester United between 2010 and 2015, where he scored 59 goals in 156 appearances, before going on loan to Real Madrid in the 2014/15 campaign.
The two-time Premier League winner left Old Trafford in August 2015 for Germany, where he has been even more prolific, netting 39 times in 76 matches for Leverkusen.
West Ham have made three signings so far this summer, confirming Stoke midfielder Marko Arnautovic for a club-record fee on Saturday, while Pablo Zabaleta joined on a free transfer and Joe Hart on a season-long loan from Manchester City.