Danilo joins City to provide versatility at back

26 July, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Mendy came up against Manchester City in the Champions League last season

Guardiola was desperate to add Mendy to his full-back options after releasing Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta this summer, but City's original 44.5-million pound offer was rejected.

The Ligue 1 victor joins the Mancunian giants on a five-year contract, for a reported fee of £52m.

Upon the completion of his move, the France worldwide told City's official website: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City".

Manager Pep Guardiola will be especially pleased with the business he has done this summer when it comes to strengthening the club's back-line.

A lack of defensive cover, moreover, saw Yaya Toure play at left back in the recent friendly against rivals Manchester United, showing the glaringly obvious that City need further investment in defensive depth, especially when they'll be competing for four trophies next season. "For such a young player, he has a wealth of top-level experience", he said.

'We've replaced some key players in the team that did a lot of good over the years, ' said the 31-year-old Belgian centre-back in Los Angeles, where City are on their pre-season tour. Every year I want to improve.

Real Madrid right-back Danilo completed his move to Manchester City on Sunday, the Brazilian joining Pep Guardiola's Premier League giants on a five-year contract.

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The France left-back's arrival from Monaco takes City's spending to a staggering £217m (€243m), with Pep Guardiola having spent nearly £130m (€145m) on three full-backs in only 10 days.

Nasri spent the entirety of last season on loan at Spanish side Sevilla and he is under investigation by UEFA over an alleged breach of doping rules.

Mendy joins Walker and Danilo, signed from Real Madrid for £26.5 million, giving the Citizens' fullback core a much needed upgrade.

Benjamin Mendy made a name for himself at Marseille where he played 101 games.

City finished third in the EPL last season behind champion Chelsea and Spurs.

The arrival of Mendy took City's spending to over £200m this summer, with goalkeeper Ederson Moraes and full-backs Danilo and Kyle Walker also arriving at the club.



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