Manchester City Transfer News: Ryan Bertrand Negotiations Reported, Top Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2017

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Ryan Bertrand of Southampton and Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal have a chat during the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium on May 10, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester City have reportedly switched their focus in pursuit of a new left-back to Southampton's Ryan Bertrand after seemingly being put off by AS Monaco's valuation of Benjamin Mendy. 

According to Sky Sports News HQ's Kaveh Solhekol, the Ligue 1 champions demanded £40 million for Mendy, but City are looking good to snap up 27-year-old Bertrand:

Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov shared left-back duties for Pep Guardiola's Sky Blues in 2016-17, but the former has now been released by the club—along with Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero.

City are in desperate need of new full-backs and Bertrand would be an ideal addition as he already has plenty of Premier League experience.

The 27-year-old is reaching the peak years of his career and won an FA Cup, a UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League during his time at Chelsea. Since his move to the south coast he has been a key part of a fine Saints squad.

The England international is defensively solid, he is both a ball-winner and intelligent reader of the game, while his attacking contribution is valuable—he netted two goals and provided four assists in the Premier League in 2016-17, per WhoScored.com.

Back in April, MailOnline's Kieran Gill reported Bertrand was a target for former club Chelsea, but the Blues would have to pay "at least double" the £10 million they sold him to Saints for in 2015.

City could easily afford to shell out around £20 million for the Englishman, and he would be a cheaperand potentially betteroption than Mendy given he already has proved himself in the English top flight. 

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