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Rumour Mongering: Benjamin Mendy Battle Heats Up

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Liverpool reportedly in a better position to sign the defender now that his Man City deal has fallen through.

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Pencil in a new development in Liverpool’s quest for a left-back: L’Equipe reports that the Reds have been given a huge boost towards signing Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy now that Manchester City’s bid for him has stalled.

The defender had a stellar season in Monaco and is reportedly wanted by a host of top clubs, including Manchester City and Chelsea. City were favourites to sign Mendy but negotiations have reportedly stalled, which leaves Liverpool and Chelsea well-suited to make their own bids. According to L’Equipe, Monaco is likely to be looking for £40 million for the left-back.

Mendy played a critical role in Monaco’s title-winning team and is highly admired for his discipline and his fluidity on the pitch.

“[Mendy’s] been turning out consistently for the past four years,” Tom Coast of Sport Witness said when asked about Mendy’s skill. “Even though he’s only 22, he’s got over 100 Ligue 1 games under his belt. I think he’s the real deal.”

“While he has a lot of experience already, he remains a young player with scope for improvement. He loves getting forward and sometimes he does forget to get back or he goes too far forward and gets caught out of position.”

“With what Klopp is trying to do at Liverpool I think he’d be ideal and it’s the position they’ve been really struggling in,” he added when asked about the Reds’ interest.

Liverpool are certainly still on the lookout for a left-back and Mendy is one of the best players in that position. The likelihood of Liverpool managing to secure his signature still seems like an incredibly long shot, however, and this is probably just another twist in the long road that sees Mendy end up at the Etihad.