If Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League next season, they may find it hard to compete with their rivals for the signature of top European talents. According to news reports, the Red Devils may lose AS Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy to neighbours Manchester City.
Per the source, Mendy would only leave Monaco for a club that would be guaranteed Champions League football. This puts Manchester City in the driving seat for the player’s signature. Pep Guardiola’s team currently top the Red Devils by one point and they still have to play each other in a game that may decide who finishes ahead of the other this season. United may still qualify by winning the Europa League, they are currently in the semifinal stage.
Mendy is a major component of a young Monaco side that has taken Europe by storm this season. They currently lead the French league and are in the Champions League semifinals.
Mendy is 22 and is currently valued at £30 million, but Monaco may likely demand double that amount from any team that wants to sign him this summer.