Man City had Ben Chilwell transfer lined up but pulled plug over Benjamin Mendy problem


Manchester City were primed to sign Ben Chilwell in the summer but pulled the plug after realising they would not be able to flog Benjamin Mendy.

Pep Guardiola opted to start third-choice left-back Angelino on Sunday at Anfield as Liverpool thumped them 3-1 to hamper hopes of a third successive Premier League title.

The Catalan coach explained that he could not play Mendy after fielding him in midweek in the Champions League due to his fragile injury history, while Oleksandr Zinchenko was sidelined with a knee problem.

Guardiola’s options could have been so much richer, though, had City chiefs followed through with a move for Leicester defender Chilwell, according to The Athletic.

The publication claim that, in April, City had everything in place to bring Chilwell to the Etihad Stadium.

Two games before the end of the season, however, they told the England international they would not be pursuing the deal any further.

That is said to be because the club realised they would not raise funds for the highly-rated 22-year-old through the sale of Mendy.

Mendy, who signed from Monaco for £52million in July 2017, has suffered eight notable injuries since coming to England and City came to terms with the fact his injury record would become a sticking point in a sale.

Consequently, the club decided to keep Mendy to see how he progressed this term.

The Frenchman carried a knee injury into the season and suffered a muscle injury in September but has featured in eight games in all competitions.

The move for Chilwell was shelved with a potential January transfer swoop in mind but that now seems increasingly unlikely given Leicester’s blistering start to the season and the player’s rise in value as a result.

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With the left-back position still remaining an issue, City decided to re-sign Angelino, who left the club in 2018 to join PSV.

City obtained a buy-back clause on the Spaniard and decided to trigger the £5.3m fee to land the cheap and homegrown star.

He was supposed to be a reserve for Mendy and Zinchenko but injuries to the pair ultimately led to his inclusion in the starting line-up against Liverpool.



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