Manchester City close in on Danilo and Benjamin Mendy as summer spree nears £220m
Manchester City are expected to take their summer spending to almost £220 million in the next 48 hours as they prepare to wrap up deals for full-backs Danilo and Benjamin Mendy in the latest stage of their drastic defensive overhaul. And Pep Guardiola – who remains hot on the heels of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez – also wants to sign a centre half with Alexandar Kolarov on the verge of a £5.8 million move to Roma after asking to leave City. Guardiola had planned on Kolarov staying but his impending departure means all four of City’s full-backs last season will have been cleared out in the space of a month in a situation that raises fresh questions about the absence of succession planning by director of football Txiki Begiristain. Kolarov had been expected to provide cover in central defence as well as left-back but his request to join Roma will force Guardiola back into the market for a centre-back to compete with Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones. City have already missed out on Italy defender, Leonardo Bonucci, who has left Juventus for AC Milan. Aleksandar Kolarov has asked to be allowed to join Roma Credit: Reuters Kolarov follows Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy out of the door, heightening the pressure on City to find a glut of reinforcements in a single summer. City are confident of completing the £26.8 million signing of Danilo in the next 24 hours, with the Brazil right back expected to leave Real Madrid’s UCLA training base in Los Angeles to make the short journey across the city to join up with City and undergo a medical. City arrived in LA on Friday after a 2-0 defeat by derby rivals Manchester United in Houston. Danilo, for whom Chelsea have also made an offer, will provide cover at left back as well as defensive midfield. City are also close to finally completing a protracted deal for Mendy for a fee in excess of £50 million after making a fourth offer for the Monaco and France left back following weeks of failed negotiations to drive the price down. City are one of the clubs Monaco are believed to be considering reporting to Fifa over allegations of tapping-up striker Kylian Mbappe, although the world governing body had still to receive a formal complaint from the French champions as of Friday afternoon. Ederson was at fault for United's first goal on Friday Credit: AP City have already signed goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, who had a difficult debut in the 2-0 defeat by United, from Benfica for £34.7 million as well as England right back Kyle Walker from Spurs for £50 million. The anticipated captures of Danilo and Mendy will take their spending to around £217 million but that figure could swell to £300 million if City – who have also bought Portugal playmaker Bernardo Silva from Monaco for £43.6 million and Brazilian teenager Douglas Luiz for £12 million - succeed in snaring Sanchez and sign a centre-half. Ederson was brought in as a replacement for Claudio Bravo who struggled last season and was dropped but the Brazil Under-23 goalkeeper endured a forgettable first appearance for City after his mistake contributed to Romelu Lukaku scoring a stunning first goal for United before Marcus Rashford claimed a second two minutes later. In a rush of blood to the head, Ederson raced out of the penalty area in an inexplicable bid to thwart Lukaku only for the United striker to round him and score from an acute angle. 15 Premier League youngsters who deserve a chance There was at least a much more promising showing from 17-year-old English midfielder, Phil Foden, whom Guardiola described as a “gift” after watching the youngster excel against United. “I would like to have the right words to describe what I saw," Guardiola said. “I’ve not seen something like I saw today for a long time. His performance was another level. He’s a gift for us. He’s special.” City have been as busy trying to shift the deadwood as getting new players in. Fabian Delph is in advanced talks with Stoke City and a deal could be wrapped up in the coming days while Swansea City have enquired about re-signing Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony. City have already offloaded Nolito, Aaron Mooy, Enes Unal and Olivier Ntcham for a combined £34.6 million and hope to sell midfielder Fernando to Galatsaray for £3 million. Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri and Jason Denayer are also surplus to requirements while Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero have already departed.