Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy said to be worth £52m.
The fee eclipses the initial £45m paid for right-back Kyle Walker earlier this month and the £47.5m deal for centre-back John Stones last summer – making him the most expensive defender in the club’s history.
Mendy, 23, played 34 times for Monaco last season after joining them from Marseille the previous summer, helping them to a first Ligue 1 title in 17 years.
While City have not officially confirmed the deal, he looks set to become the club’s fourth major signing this off-season, following the arrivals of England international Walker, Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva (£43m) and Brazilian keeper Ederson Moraes (£35m).
That takes City’s total spending for the summer to more than £175m.
There could be more to come too, with City manager Pep Guardiola saying on Thursday they were still talking to three of four more players.
“They are young players, with the next three, four, five years in mind,” the Spaniard said.
“We have options for players coming but until the deal is done, out of respect for the other clubs, I cannot say anything.”