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Manchester City consider world-record bid for Premier League left-back

Manchester City are considering a world-record bid for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell, according to reports in The Telegraph. 

Chilwell, 22, is a youth product of Leicester City and has shone for the Foxes since his promotion to the first-team, making five appearances for the England seniors and earning acclaim from the Premier League’s elite.

Any bid for the Leicester man would have to the world-record for a defender, presently the £75m Liverpool spent on Virgil Van Dijk in January 2018, as question marks remain over the fitness and temperament of City’s current left-back Benjamin Mendy.

Since arriving in Manchester, fullbacks have been focal to both Pep Guardiola’s vision and success at the Etihad, with the recruitment of Kyle Walker, Danilo and Mendy credited as playing a significant role in bringing a domestic double to the club in Guardiola’s second season at the helm.

Fabian Delph’s versatility to deputise for the injured Mendy in 2017/18 was a huge part of City’s success in achieving an unprecedented 100 Premier League points, and it would appear that Guardiola is keen to continue their pursuit of domestic and European glory with the acquisition of Chilwell.

The left-back has played over 60 games for Leicester City’s first-team and made his name following some marauding runs at the start of the season against the Premier League top-six. 

If Chilwell was to make the move North to the Etihad, it wouldn’t be the first time the Foxes and the Citizens have done business for a sizeable fee.

Former-Leicester man Riyad Mahrez moved to City for a club-record fee in August 2018, whilst there was reported interested in centre-back Harry Maguire from the City hierarchy across the last two transfer windows.

With Leicester’s new manager Brendan Rodgers recently at the helm, it remains to be seen if the Scot would even consider a bid for one of the club’s prized assets, yet if a bid in excess of £75m arrived at the King Power, that simply may be too much for Leicester to not entertain.

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