Manchester City set to sign Benjamin Mendy and Danilo on stunning double deal



Posted Saturday, July 22, 2017 by Express.co.uk

Manchester City set to sign Benjamin Mendy and Danilo on stunning double deal
Benjamin Mendy and Danilo seem set to join Manchester City

MANCHESTER CITY are closing in on a double deal for Benjamin Mendy and Danilo that will take Pep Guardiola's summer spending to £220million.

Etihad bosses remain confident of landing Monaco star Mendy in a £54m deal – despite being accused of tapping-up his team-mate Kylian Mbappe.

City are one of three clubs that have angered the French outfit for making an illegal approach for the teenage superstar. But the Premier League side insist they have done nothing wrong and can still complete a deal for Mendy that would see him join Kyle Walker as the most expensive defender in world football.

City will also land Danilo from Real Madrid this weekend in a £30m deal after the full-back snubbed the chance of a move to Chelsea.

It is understood Danilo, 27, has agreed a five-year deal with City and the move will be confirmed within 48 hours.

The Brazilian international is in Los Angeles with Real but will leave their camp to have a medical.

Despite all their spending, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hailed 17-year-old midfielder Phil Foden "a gift" after an eye-catching display in their 2-0 friendly defeat against Manchester United in Houston.

Foden, who has been associated with City since the age of six, was handed a maiden first-team appearance and was among City's most impressive performers.

"I don't have words. I would like to have the right words to describe what I saw," said Guardiola. "You are lucky guys, believe me, you are the guys who saw his first game in the first team at Manchester City.

"I've not seen something like I saw today for a long time. His performance was another level. He's a City fan and loves the club. He's a gift for us. He's special.

"He'll stay training with us and maybe in the season stay with us," added Guardiola.

Foden admits he has yet to fully appreciate the magnitude of his experience but is already hoping for another chance in City's next game against Real Madrid.

"It hasn't sunk it, it doesn't feel real playing against players like Pogba. I'm only 17," said Foden.

"I'd like to thank Pep for trusting me in a massive game like this, it's a dream come true. He's such a great manager and I've learned a lot from him."



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