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Benjamin Mendy has been omitted from Monaco's squad for their friendly match against Sporting CP as talk of an imminent move to Manchester City gathers pace.

The 23-year-old France worldwide is set to surpass the £50m-plus deal made for Tottenham's Kyle Walker and become the Premier League's most expensive defender to date.

Mendy, aged 23, joined Monaco from Marseille last summer.

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City have not yet confirmed the deal.

And, as Guardiola made the hunt for two world-class full-backs a summer priority, City are tipped to complete a deal for about £51m within days.

City are yet to confirm a deal, but according to BBC Sport Pep Guardiola's side have agreed what will be a record deal for a defender with Monaco for Mendy.

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Mendy would become the Premier League club's fourth major signing of the summer and take their spending to more than £175m, following the recruitment of England global Walker, Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva (£43m) and Brazilian keeper Ederson Moraes (£35m).

Guardiola is also close to bringing in Real Madrid right-back Danilo after jumping ahead of Chelsea in the race for the Brazil worldwide.

The French champions seemingly want City to match the fee they paid Tottenham for Kyle Walker as they feel Mendy is a better player and four years younger than the England International.

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