The Ligue 1 winner joins the Mancunian giants on a five-year contract, for a reported fee of £52m. This transfer takes the Citizens’ over transfer summer spending north of £200m, and the Citizens are now edging closer to breaking the record spending in a single transfer window, currently held by Real Madrid (€257m spent in 2009).
Upon the completion of his move, the France international told City’s official website: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City. They are one of Europe’s leading Clubs and in Pep Guardiola they have a manager committed to playing attacking football. I am sure that over the next few years we will be successful.”
City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, also had his say on the newest signing, by stating: “Benjamin has all the qualities we are looking for in a full-back. For such a young player, he has a wealth of top-level experience.
“He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs, our number one target in this position. We are all delighted to have him here at Manchester City. I’m sure he will prove a fantastic addition to the squad.”
Mendy, who will wear the number 22 shirt for Guardiola’s side, is expected to meet up with his new teammates in the USA, and join the City squad in their preparations for their second pre-season tour game against Real Madrid in LA.