Man City Target Benjamin Mendy Revealed to Have Almost Joined Now-Championship Side 4 Years Ago

Monday July 24th, 2017

​Benjamin Mendy is on the brink of a big money move to Premier League side Manchester City - if his ​tweet on Sunday morning is anything to go by.

The latest reports are that a fee in the region of £52m has been agreed between the Citizens and Monaco, which would make him the most expensive left-back in football history.


He is without doubt one of the best young full-backs in the game today, and is both a talented attacker and defender, but apparently he almost wound up at Sunderland just four years ago, as reported by the ​Chronicle Live.

They say that Sunderland thought they had Mendy in the bag in the summer of 2013 and it turns out the Black Cats really missed out on a coup.


No one can say Mendy would have developed into the player he is today had he actually signed for Sunderland back then, but it won't stop Black Cats supporters from wondering what might have been.

They had actually agreed a €10m fee with Le Havre for his transfer and what's more, he even underwent a medical and posted photos of him flying to England, before the deal was scuppered by Marseille, who at the time were competing in the Champions League and were therefore a more attractive proposition for the Frenchman.

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