Having been one of the most impressive full-backs in Europe this season, Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy looks set to move on. As a league champion and a full France international, the former Marseille man looks to have achieved what he intended in the principality and is set to move on to a more lucrative league. The strongest links are with England, where Manchester City and Liverpool are eager to get the deal done.
Mendy, a real powerhouse with seemingly unlimited energy, would make an obvious choice for both sides. With James Milner and the now departed Gael Clichy being the left-backs of the past for either side, both clubs could really use an upgrade. While a strong player, Milner looked dead at the end of the season and is never a natural full-back. However, he done a fine job for the club there and would be an excellent player to have around the team. For Klopp, an attacking full-back on the left is vital given that Nathaniel Clyne lacks obvious attacking qualities.
The big Frenchman would offer a fine alternative down the left for City, too, with teammate Bernardo Silva already joining up. Whatever happens, we can be sure that Benjamin Mendy is set to showcase his incredible running power and stamina with someone in the English top flight. Chelsea were also tentatively linked alongside Manchester United earlier on in the year, although City and Liverpool appear to now be the two favourites.
He’s keen to make the move to England according to reports in France, but inklings of Spanish interest via Barcelona could yet change that. His pace and energy, though, makes him an ideal fit for the hustle and bustle of the Premier League. With two Champions League clubs looking for something special at full-back, though, he’s likely to have his options this summer.
Mendy has impressed massively for Monaco, having been an impressive full-back at Marseille beforehand. His incredible running power, accuracy on the ball and excellent movement makes him a must-watch for any team that is looking to introduce an extra level of running power to their side.