Manchester City are not wasting time this summer. After the shock deal to sign rumoured Manchester United target Bernardo Silva from Monaco, they have finally announced the deal to bring goalkeeper Ederson Moraes to the Etihad.
Depending on what exchange rate you believe, they either have, or haven't broken the world-record fee for a ‘keeper, but mere details should hide the fact that Pep Guardiola and the City staff are moving fast the strengthen their squad.
Next on the list is Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy, set to follow in Bernardo's footsteps making the move from the Stade Louis II to Manchester.
Reports suggest that a deal will be done to pay him £100,000-a-week, costing just under £40million. Don't be deceived by his billing as just a left-back, Mendy was just as crucial to his club's Ligue 1 title win, than Radamel Falcao, Bernardo and Real Madrid and Arsenal target, Kylian Mbappé.
Benjamin Mendy: Who is he?
Born just south of Paris in the suburb of Longjumeau, he joined local side US Palaiseau when he was just six years old.
Although he began his early career as a forward, as is often the case with players who end up as professional footballers, he began to shine as an attacking full-back after joining Le Havre's youth system in 2007.
Bigger, stronger and more powerful than kids his own age, he quickly advanced through the ranks and was outstanding in his age group. He was capped by France at Under-16 in 2009 and has gone on to play at every level for his country since.
His first professional game came in 2011 against SC Amiens in the Coupe de la Ligue, doing enough to earn a Ligue 2 debut against the same club just three days later.
Still only 17 at the time, he would pick up an assist, helping Ryan Mendes score the only goal of the game.
Mendy stayed at Le Havre for two full seasons and, given that the academy helped produce the likes of Paul Pogba and Riyad Mahrez, there is always interest in their players.
After 57 games at Le Havre, he joined Marseille for a fee of €3.5million in July 2013, quickly establishing himself as first choice.
Mendy’s strong runs down the flank became a feature of OM’s play and it was easy to forget he was still a teenager.
The following season, playing under Marcelo Bielsa, Mendy’s game was raised to another level.
“I was already at a good level, but he took me to another world, you can’t understand. He tried to make me watch loads of videos,” Mendy told French magazine Onze Mondial.
“After a while I stopped sleeping and subconsciously, I said to myself: ‘Go ahead, I will watch two minutes of his clips.'
“After that, he spoke to me, I spoke to him, we went through the actions together.
“He said to me: ‘That’s why at the beginning I let you sleep. You slept, slept, slept, and the day you decided to look, you became interested in yourself. Whereas, if I had pushed you to watch the videos, you would never have been interested.'
“It’s psychological. Marcelo is too strong.”
Excelling at Monaco
The left-back became one of Marseille’s best players and when the club suffered financial troubles, Monaco pounced.
OM still made a profit, but the £11million paid for him in 2016 now looks like one of the best deals of last summer.
With Bielsa adding confidence to a very powerful runner, Mendy was able to take his game to another level in Leonardo Jardim's free-flowing attack.
As vital as Mbappé's goal were, the return to form of Falcao and the devastating four-man midfield who are being picked apart as Premier League transfer targets, Mendy's contributions should not go unnoticed.
The 22-year-old plays like a enthusiastic puppy, never stopping, always moving, and failing to relent regardless what point, or the score of the match.
Above is a still from Monaco's Coupe de France victory over Marseille at the Stade Velodrome. The game is level and deep into injury-time, but Mendy still have the drive and determination to get one over on his old club.
After winning the ball in the middle of the park, Monaco break forward, and the left-back doesn't need asking twice to join the attack. In just nine seconds the defender has covered 70 yards and finds himself unmarked at the back post to tap in the leading goal.
It was a phenomenal run and show of energy so late in the game, a perfect demonstration of the running power he possesses.
One of Europe's best crossers
What has helped Mendy hit the heights he's managed is his ability to consistently deliver dangerous crosses into the box.
According to WhoScored, the Frenchman makes 7.7 crosses per 90 minutes. That's more than Aleksandar Kolarov, Gaël Clichy and his team-mate Djibril Sidibé combined.
Completing 1.6 per 90 and 1.1 key passes, again, more than the the other three, helped him pick up five assists in Ligue 1 and become a key component for his club and help him edge of Layvin Kurzawa as France's starting left-back.
As Monaco reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, it was Mendy's relationship with Thomas Lemar down the left flank that helped open up both Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund and make Guardiola sit up and take notice.
Mendy now has a reputation for pulling defenders out of position, looking to deliver quick, powerful low crosses and taking up positions on the pitch where you’d expect to find a winger. All without ignoring his defensive duties.
Everything you want in a full-back.
Mendy wins more tackles than the City duo, at 3.1 his success dwarfs their achievements in the Premier League.
Clichy edges his fellow Frenchman in terms of interceptions, but not by much, certainly not enough to justify keeping him in the squad.
It's Mendy's desire to join and add to the attack that brought so much to his team this season. Below against Man City you can see the full-back is the most advanced player when Lemar is on the ball after a trademark run.
Rather than rest on that initial attempt, he comes back and makes another run, this time he picks out Mendy, the cross is perfect and Fabinho is there to add the killer second goal at the Stade Louis II.
In every other area measured, Mendy stands head and shoulders above what the Spanish boss was left to work with this season.
Although Mendy was playing in Ligue 1, and there is never any guarantee that it will translate into success in England, he proved this term that he could do the same thing with consistency in the Champions League and ultimately, that's where City also need to find another level.
It's clear that Pep was impressed with how Monaco took apart his side in the Round of 16, and new signing Bernardo Silva also hopes that Mendy is the next to arrive at the Etihad.
“Benjamin Mendy is a friend. If he can play with me, I prefer to see him in my team than against me,” he said.
“Especially as he's a left-back and I'm a right midfielder!”
Once Mendy is confirmed as the latest addition to Guardiola's squad, City fans can get excited to see the same sort of results as the duo managed with Monaco this term, and that is definitely worth every penny.