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 By Michael Cox

Walker, Mendy moves show the sky-high price for a quality full-back

Steve Nicol applauds Manchester City's signing of Benjamin Mendy to strengthen Pep Guardiola's defence.

When Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City won the Premier League in 2015-16, their first-choice full-back pairing of Danny Simpson and Christian Fuchs cost a combined £2 million. As Pep Guardiola's Manchester City attempt to win the Premier League in 2017-18, their first-choice full-back pairing of Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy cost a combined £95m.

This is an extraordinary statistic that says so much about so much: the improbability of Leicester's triumph, the sheer amount of money Guardiola...

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Trending: Man City still want Alexis Sanchez as spending passes £200m

Jonathan Smith brings you the latest from Manchester City's pre-season tour in Los Angeles including their £120 million investment in full-backs.
The guys respond to your tweets about top prospects, Arsenal midfielders and pressure on Mourinho and Guardiola.

Tuesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending...

MAN CITY: City have completed the signing of Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, with sources saying the deal could be worth up to £52 million -- a record for a defender -- and takes their spending past the £200m mark.

- City are still hopeful of signing Alexis Sanchez, but may be forced to switch their top attacking target if Arsenal maintain their position that he is not for sale.

- ESPN FC's...

'Sometimes you're not the king in your country' - Yaya Toure

Manchester City veteran Yaya Touré is a certified African legend, as his four CAF Player of the Year awards, two Premier League titles, two La Liga titles, one UEFA Champions League title, and one Africa Cup of Nations trophy all attest.

But despite his numerous accolades and awards, the former Ivory Coast star told KweséESPN during City's current ICC tour to the USA that he feels unappreciated in his homeland, hence his stance on remaining retired from international football.

The captain...

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Transfer Talk: Manchester City still eyeing Alexis Sanchez, Kylian Mbappe

Alexis Sanchez has made a habit of goal celebrations this season, but can he sustain that pace?
Manchester City feels encouraged by Alexis Sanchez's desire to play Champions League football next season.

The Mail reports that Manchester City, who wrapped up a move for Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy on Monday, want to turn their attention to attack and "are ready to take their astronomical outlay to another level by bidding for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez or Monaco's Kylian Mbappe."

For more on Sanchez and Mbappe to Manchester City, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Assessing Pep Guardiola's £120m overhaul of Manchester City's defence

Steve Nicol applauds Manchester City's signing of Benjamin Mendy to strengthen Pep Guardiola's defence.
Jonathan Smith brings you the latest from Manchester City's pre-season tour in Los Angeles including their £120 million investment in full-backs.
Manchester City's new signing, Danilo believes he can win both the Premier League and Champions League with the club.

Pep Guardiola now has plenty of options in Manchester City's defence and there will be strong competition for places when they kick off the Premier League season next month.

Benjamin Mendy (age 23, £52 million): The France international learned the art of fast-paced wide play from Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille and took his game on further at Monaco, helping them to the Ligue 1 title and Champions League semifinal and became one of the most exciting young left-backs in Europe.

Kyle Walker (27,...