Manchester City could now be stuck with Benjamin Mendy as Inter Milan are focusing their efforts on signing Manchester United defender Alex Telles, according to TuttoMercatoWEB.
The Serie A champions want improvements at full-back for Simone Inzaghi but are having to be cautious with their approaches. Any move for a new option in the position is heavily reliant on the San Siro future of Ivan Perisic, who has attracted interest from the Bundesliga.
Perisic’s agent, Giacomo Petralito, is in Milan trying to clear the doubt over the Croatian’s situation. It cannot be ruled out that his presence accelerates the 32-year-old’s departure, either, despite Inter expecting him to take part in their pre-season plans.
Nerazzurri chiefs have been assessing a raft of options at left-back including Telles for some weeks now. Corriere dello Sport noted recently that Inter were keen on the Brazilian, plus Manchester City outcast Mendy.
TuttoMercatoWEB add Paris Saint-Germain have thrown another name into the mix by offering Layvin Kurzawa on a free transfer. The Ligue 1 heavyweights are looking to move the Frenchman on this summer, but Inter showed no interest with Telles their top target.
Inzaghi’s side could face competition from Roma for Telles’ signature, however, per Fabrizio Romano. Although Jose Mourinho’s side want the former Porto full-back on loan, which Manchester United want to avoid.
The Nerazzurri are also yet to agree on the structure of a deal for Telles. But Inter increasing their pursuit of the 28-year-old could see Manchester City left lumbered with Mendy. The Telegraph reported in March that Pep Guardiola will sell the defender for the right fee.
Manchester City may find their stuck with Mendy if Inter focus on Telles
Manchester City may find themselves stuck with Mendy if Inter focus their efforts on signing Telles. The Telegraph added the Citizens know it will be a challenge to sell, given his £90,000-per-week contract and injury record.
Guardiola’s side would surely like to sell Mendy this summer if he is to leave the Etihad Stadium, too. The Frenchman has two years left on his current deal, and his stock would only plummet further if left to watch from the bench again next season.
Manchester City’s £52m signing from 2017 only featured 13 times in the Premier League last term. He played zero minutes between December 19 and March 7, despite only missing one matchday squad over the 16-game run. Clearly, he is not who Guardiola feels he needs.