Manchester City's search for a left-back appears to be nearing an end. After initially being linked with Tottenham Hotspur full-back Danny Rose, Pep Guardiola's men moved on to Monaco's Benjamin Mendy.
The 22-year-old Frenchman was one of the standouts in Monaco's surprise season. The Ligue 1 side, who knocked City out of the Champions League, reached the semi-finals of Europe's elite competition as well as winning the league ahead of big spenders Paris Saint-Germain.
Wonderkid Kylian Mbappé, midfield maestro Bernardo Silva – now a City player – and powerhouse Tiemoué Bakayoko all grabbed the attention of those in the media while Mendy's performances down the left went a little under the radar.
However, with a dearth of world class left-backs in the modern game, some of the best clubs in Europe were paying attention to the former Marseille man, and rightly so.
He was tentatively linked with a move to Liverpool as they looked to end their left-back hoodoo but the Reds were priced out of a move. Now, journalists close to the Merseyside club, claim he's closing in a move to the Etihad.
The first was Dominic King of the Daily Mail, with James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, considered one of the most reliable sources for Liverpool information, following up. When he was asked about Mendy his response was emphatic: “(Mendy) set to sign for Manchester City”.
Then, in an exclusive, French news outlet le10sport stated that a deal worth €45million (£39.6 million) was very close to being completed.
With this in mind, we've taken a look at the in demand Frenchman. Is he worth the fuss?