Report explains how close Manchester City came to signing Leicester's Ben Chilwell

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Ben Chilwell looked set to leave Leicester for Pep Guardiola's Premier League champions Manchester City.

Ben Chilwell of Leicester City and Matej Vydra of Burnley during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Leicester City at Turf Moor on March 16, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

Leicester City star Ben Chilwell was ‘on the verge’ of joining Manchester City in April before the Premier League champions pulled the plug on a deal, according to Goal.

Pep Guardiola’s side were expected to spend big on a new left-back this summer after French international Benjamin Mendy suffered a second successive season at the Etihad ruined by long-term injury problems.

 

And the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss apparently saw Chilwell, who created five goals in the Premier League last season, as the ideal replacement.

But according to Goal, Manchester City suddenly backed out of a deal to sign England’s first choice left-back despite being very close to securing the Leicester academy graduate’s signature.

England defender Ben Chilwell during the UEFA European Championship Group A Qualifying match between England and Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 23rd March 2019.

Perhaps this had something to do with claims that Brendan Rodgers’ side wanted a world-record fee, in excess of £75 million, for Chilwell this summer according to The Telegraph.

But the excellent form of Oleksandr Zinchenko means Guardiola is likely to continue relying on the converted midfielder at left-back while the undoubtedly talented Mendy should not be written off just yet despite some well publicised problems off the field.

Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City prepares to take a throw in during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on September 1, 2018 in...

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