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Manchester City to fight Liverpool and Chelsea for Southampton defender

Manchester City have been linked with a move for Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand.

City have been heavily linked with making a move to sign Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy. However reports today suggest that the deal to bring the Frenchman to the Etihad has stalled after the club’s have so far been unable to agree a fee, with the Ligue 1 Champions wanting £40m.

City have already splashed out around £75million, while also being linked with a £40m move for Tottenham’s Kyle Walker, so a £40m move for Mendy may be unachievable.

This has led to Pep Guardiola turning his attentions to Southampton left back Ryan Bertrand.

According to the Daily Mirror, Bertrand has told his friends he believes he will leave the Saints this summer. The former Chelsea defender has attracted attention from around the Premier League, with Chelsea interested in re-signing the 27-year-old while Liverpool are also interested.

The three clubs have also been battling for Bertrand’s Southampton teammate Virgil van Dijk. Van Dijk has been linked with £60m move to Liverpool, prompting the Saints to report Liverpool to the Premier League over an alleged illegal approach for the Dutchman,

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