Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a number of Premier League players since taking over at Paris Saint-Germain and the latest is Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy – but should Tottenham Hotspur be looking at the Frenchman, too?
Mendy, 26, is on the fringes of City squad. Injuries have limited the 10-time France international and World Cup winner to just 65 appearances for Manchester City since he joined the club from Monaco four years ago. Right now, he is fit.
But before this week’s win over Wolves, he had remained an unused substitute for 14 consecutive Premier League games – and was completely ostracised from the squad during the 4-1 win. The Sun claim Pochettino wants to lure Mendy back to France.
It is unclear how much he would cost, and Mendy might even decide against a move given PSG boast both Juan Bernat and Layvin Kurzawa as options at left-back. Tottenham, meanwhile, could do with a left-sided defender come the summer.
Ben Davies has struggled to provide the form expected of a Tottenham player. There have been calls for the Wales international to be used as a centre-back or as part of a three-man defence – rather than at left-back, given his lack of attacking expertise.
Sergio Reguilon has been one of the club’s best signings in the last 12 months. But Reguilon could easily to return to Real Madrid this summer, with a buyback clause inserted into his Spurs contract – a figure that is similar to the one Spurs paid.
A new left-back is likely to be on Jose Mourinho’s agenda – one that is excellent going forward and Mendy is just that. Though he is struggling to get into City’s side, he is still young and at his best, he is one of the best in the world.
Pochettino is keen to take him to PSG for that reason, but surely Tottenham have got to elbow their old manager aside and look to lure him south to North London – especially given City are likely to accept fees much smaller than the £50million they paid.