Mendy left out of Sporting friendly amid talk of Manchester City move

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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 full-back has not been included in the 23-man group for the meeting with the Portuguese side at Estadio Jose Alvalade.

Mendy has not yet featured for the Ligue 1 champions in their pre-season matches, with the club citing his recovery from a thigh injury he suffered while on France duty in June.

However, his latest omission from the matchday squad is likely to encourage speculation that he will complete a transfer to City in the coming days, with Monaco not offering a reason for his absence.

Reports in England have suggested that manager Pep Guardiola is hoping to tie up a deal for the left-back before next week, with City said to be ready to pay £50million for his services.

The deal would make Mendy the club's fifth signing of the transfer window, after Ederson, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker and Douglas Luiz.