Benjamin Mendy Completes Manchester City Transfer from Monaco on 5-Year Deal

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2017

MONACO, MONACO - MAY 17: Benjamin Mendy of Monaco in action during the French Ligue 1 match between AS Monaco and AS Saint-Etienne (ASSE) at Stade Louis II on May 17, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Manchester City announced the capture of AS Monaco star Benjamin Mendy on Monday, with the Frenchman signing a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.

City relayed the news via their official Twitter account:

Mendy is relishing the prospect of linking up with manager Pep Guardiola:

He also told Rob Pollard of City's official website: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City. They are one of Europe's leading clubs, and in Pep Guardiola, they have a manager committed to playing attacking football. I am sure that over the next few years we will be successful."

Per Squawka Football, City have poured a phenomenal amount of money into their defence during Guardiola's first year in charge, something sportswriter Sam Pilger criticised:

While City's defensive spending may have intensified under Guardiola, it has been high over the past three years:

Sports journalist Alex Terrell noted the enormous inflation of Mendy's value in just one year:

The 23-year-old marks the Sky Blues' second acquisition from the Ligue 1 side this summer, having already snapped up Bernardo Silva.

Mendy will address a big hole in City's squad at left-back following the departures of Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov.

The Frenchman helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 title last season and ended the campaign with 11 assists in all competitions, as well as one goal.

Squawka Football provided his league numbers:

Mendy is known for his powerful and tireless running up and down the left flank, from where he can contribute at both ends of the pitch.

He uses his physicality and impressive ball-winning skills to fend off attacks, and he makes full use of his pace going forward to get into dangerous positions and put opponents on the back foot.

Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe and football writer Andrew Gibney believe he is tailor-made for the Premier League, but they questioned his suitability for Guardiola's preferred playing style:

However, while he may not fit the profile of a typical Guardiola player, having the tools to impress in the English top flight is perhaps more important.

His capture might also be a sign the Spaniard is willing to adapt his approach to his surroundings, and that flexibility bodes well for the Sky Blues.

As much as Guardiola may want to impose his style on the side and mould them in his image, a balance between the technical superiority he craves and the physicality to match their opponents could be the recipe for success at the Etihad Stadium.

Mendy will likely prove to be an excellent buy for City, and his addition to their impressive list of summer recruits is yet another statement of intent from the club.

He should make for an excellent counterpart to Kyle Walker on the right flank, and while City are perhaps still a little short in terms of cover, fellow recruit Danilo can fill in for either if called upon.