A couple of days ago it was reported that Benjamin Mendy was in, or on his way to, Manchester. A transfer was on the agenda, and whilst Manchester City were the favourites, in the following circus Manchester United were also mentioned as a possible destination.

Bernardo Silva travelling to sign for Manchester City so quickly showed that things can happen at a fast pace when clubs push them to, so Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola being in a tussle for an early signing made some sense.

However, Mendy himself quickly rubbished rumours he was in Manchester, by posting a video on social media which clearly showed Paris in the background. That doesn’t mean there’s not serious interest.

L’Equipe report on Tuesday that Manchester City and their neighbours Manchester United have both expressed ‘concrete interest’ in the left back. They’re not the only clubs, and Monaco are in a powerful negotiating position.

Guardiola is said to have informed those in power at the Etihad that he’d like Mendy, and the player is attracted by a clear role in the team. But, L’Equipe say no ‘wage agreement between the two parties was found’.

That’s because of competition from clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.

The English clubs are pushing the most, and L’Equipe believe a deal would cost around €45m.

That’s not a huge amount for either Mourinho or Guardiola. Manchester United have struggled at left back this season, and Manchester City need a fullback revolution.