Manchester United fans are gathered around the bar in the Transfer Tavern, discussing the ongoing left-back situation at Old Trafford.
It’s proved a real problem position for Jose Mourinho this season, with a plethora of United players filling the No.3 slot at various stages throughout the campaign – namely Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and even winger Ashley Young.
Recent reports from The Daily Record suggest the Red Devils are eyeing up Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy as a potential solution, which is unsurprising considering how much the French outfit have impressed domestically and in Europe this season – topping the Ligue 1 table and reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The powerful attacking right-back has notched up an impressive eight assists in both competitions this season, including a set-up in the 3-1 victory that knocked Manchester City out of the continent’s top competition last month.
Aged 22, rapidly emerging as one of Europe’s most exciting young defenders and now capped for France at senior level, Mendy ticks all the boxes for Mourinho. But the Record claim he’s now been slapped with a staggering €65million price-tag – which converts to £54.83million.
That’s nearly double what United paid for Southampton for Shaw – at the time, a world-record fee for a full-back – and a sum the club are reportedly unlikely to pay ahead of what looks set to be a summer of widespread recruitment at Old Trafford.