According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport (h/t The Manchester Evening News), Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy is linked with a move to Serie A champions Inter Milan.
Benjamin Mendy, 26, arrived at Manchester City from AS Monaco back in 2017 amidst a lot of fanfare but has mightily failed to live up to the lofty expectations at the Etihad Stadium. That’s majorly down to the injuries the left-back has suffered over the last few years, limiting him to just 49 Premier League appearances to date for the Sky Blues.
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Despite keeping himself relatively fit during the 2020/21 campaign, the Frenchman found game time hard to come by. He only played 20 times for the English champions last term, including 13 league outings.
Now, Mendy is on the radar of Inter Milan as they prepare for their title defence under new manager Simone Inzaghi, who has replaced Antonio Conte at the helm.
The French left-back is on Inter Milan’s list of potential left-back options, Corriere dello Sport (h/t The Manchester Evening News) claim.
Mendy is still 26 and has time to revive his career but City boss Pep Guardiola has apparently lost faith in him. In spite of having Mendy fully fit and running, Guardiola used Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back last season.
That just indicates the lack of trust Guardiola has now in the Frenchman, who was once regarded as one of the best left-backs in the continent.
Mendy has only two years remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, and with Inter apparently unperturbed with his injury-hit phase in Manchester and looking to sign him, it’s high time for Guardiola and co. to cut their losses and move on.
The potential money that gets generated from the French defender’s sale could be used by Manchester City in pursuit of Guardiola’s top targets this summer. Or else, the English champions should aim to bring in a young, talented, and reliable player to compete with Cancelo and Zinchenko for the left-back position next season.