It’s hardly the surprise of the transfer window, but despite reports of a late push by Liverpool and serious interest from Manchester United, Benjamin Mendy has today chosen to go to the club he was expected to end up at all along and to join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City project.
A fee of around £40M has reportedly been agreed, and Mendy’s deal is expected to become official within a matter of days. Liverpool were always considered a long-shot to sign him, with their interest only becoming serious over the past week as negotiations elsewhere stumbled.
Liverpool’s perhaps less ambitious summer intentions at left back had been to sign Fulham’s teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon to back up James Milner on the left next season with the goal of easing him into a starting role over a few years. Those plans, though, took a blow when Tottenham moved for him.
With Spurs likely to lose both Kyle Walker and Danny Rose this summer, the London club has been pushing hard to sign Sessegnon in recent weeks and by all accounts now has the edge on Liverpool. That combined with being told they could have a real chance at Mendy spurred the Reds to try.
According to a flurry of reports today, including from FourFourTwo, the end result of that effort to convince Mendy to change his summer plans hasn’t worked. As a result, Liverpool will turn their full attentions back to Sessegnon in the hopes of now beating favourites Tottenham to his signing.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are expected to put their primary focus on Spurs’ Rose as their replacement for the unfavoured Luke Shaw now that Mendy is being taken off the table.