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