Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Benjamin Mendy after AS Monaco placed a £55m price tag on the Frenchman ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports.
Mendy, who has made 34 appearances in all competitions so far this season, was Mourinho’s list of ‘supplementary’ signings last summer, but no formal approach was ever made.
And according to the Daily Record, Jose Mourinho will have to make Mendy the world’s most expensive defender in order to secure his signature.
Every European giant will be sniffing around for potential scoops from the French side this summer. Monaco have surprised many in their ascension to the top of Ligue 1, toppling all before them with a group of dynamic, powerful and mainly young players this season.
It is no wonder, therefore, that Leonardo Jardim is already making steps to ensure that this truly special side – who are, if you happen to be interested, my favourites to win this year’s Champions League (watch this space) – remains in tact over the next year.
But the fact of the matter is that if Mourinho, who has supposedly placed emphasis on securing a left-back this summer, wants Mendy then the club’s financial power will ensure that the deal goes through.