Benjamin Mendy has completed his £52m transfer from Monanco to Manchester City to become the world’s most expensive defender.
The 23-year-old France left-back has signed a five-year deal with the club.
Mendy is City’s fifth major signing of the summer and takes their spending to more than £200m.
“He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs, our number one target in this position,” said director of football Txiki Begiristain.
Mendy played 34 times for Monaco last season and helped them to their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years after joining them from Marseille last summer,
He is the Premier League club’s fifth major signing of the summer following the recruitment of England international Kyle Walker (£45m), Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva (£43m), Brazilian keeper Ederson Moraes (£35m) and defender Danilo from Real Madrid (£26.5m).
They have sold left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, 31, to Roma for £4.5m.
Who is Benjamin Mendy?
- Born in Longjumeau – a suburb of Paris
- Signed for Monaco in June 2016 for a reported £11m
- Has made four appearances for senior side
- Has represented France’s youth sides (under-16, 17, 18, 19 and 21)