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Manchester City targeting defender Benjamin Mendy of Monaco - sources

Manchester City are eyeing a move for Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy, sources close to the Ligue 1 club have told ESPN FC.

City boss Pep Guardiola has made a new left-back one of his top priorities this summer as he looks to reshape his squad and improve his defence at the Etihad Stadium.

Left-back has been a problematic position for City this season and first-choice left-back Gael Clichy is out of contract in the summer and unlikely to be offered a new deal.

Aleksandar Kolarov has been switched from a left-back to central defence this term and that has left City short of options at full-back.

City have been looking at a number of possible left-backs, and sources close to Monaco said City scouts have been making regular checks on Mendy.

Mendy only joined Monaco from Ligue 1 rivals Marseille last summer, signing a five-year deal with the principality outfit.

The attacking full-back has impressed for Monaco in Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season, providing seven assists in 23 appearances for the club.

City will see Mendy at close quarters when they take on Monaco in the Champions League next week and if the France Under-21 international impresses in the two meetings with City, the Premier League side could step up their interest in the 22-year-old.

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