£50m fee shows Liverpool right to back off transfer target

Manchester City instead lead the chase for Benjamin Mendy.

Manchester City are pushing ahead with plans to try and sign Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy.

Reportedly City are preparing a huge £50 million offer, and even that may not be enough to convince Monaco to sell the defender.

Gianluca Di Marzio reported earlier this summer that Liverpool had emerged as contenders to try and sign the defender.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to add a left-back to their squad, and Mendy is the best player linked so far.

Yet at a price of £50 million, the Reds are right to back off, and leave Manchester City to it.

While Liverpool have the money to buy him if they wanted to, it would leave little left to spend on other areas of the squad.

Left-back is a priority, but James Milner is a solid stop gap while they search for the right player at the right price.

It could be argued they have already missed out on the best option, Ricardo Rodriguez who signed for AC Milan earlier in the transfer window, but there are other options out there.

One is Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand, even if the Saints would not welcome an approach.

Liverpool should be looking to spend no more than £20-25 million on a left-back, and invest the rest of their transfer funds on a centre-back and even another striker.