The door has seemingly opened for Liverpool to make a worthwhile swoop for highly-regarded Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy.
Manchester City appeared to be in pole position to sign the Frenchman yet talks between the two clubs have broken down, thereby handing Liverpool a boost in their pursuit of the defender, according to L’Equipe, as translated by the Liverpool Echo.
Mendy was a standout performer in Monaco’s title-winning side last season and has seen his price-tag rise to £40million having emerged as one of Europe’s in-demand talents.
Though Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly be more than happy to keep his faith in James Milner at left-back next season, Mendy represents the kind of long-term solution the Reds boss is ideally looking to sign with Alberto Moreno likely to depart this summer.
Liverpool’s search for a left-back has already seen an approach for Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon gradually fade away while reports have also suggested that a deal for Hull City’s Andrew Robertson was already in place, only for little to materialise since then.
The focus at the moment is the club finalising a deal for Roma winger Mohamed Salah with the latest reports coming out of Italy suggesting the Reds will increase their offer and break their current transfer record to sign the Egyptian.