Manchester City edging closer to Bertrand deal

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Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand is closing on a move to Manchester City.

A full England international, Bertrand has been in terrific form for the Saints for the last couple of seasons. His impressive form earned him a new 5-year deal last summer. But looks like he would leave the St. Marys this summer to join Pep Guardiola’s side.

Sky Sports reports that Manchester City is seriously interested in Bertrand(27) and some aspects of a potential deal have already been agreed between City and Southampton. Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy was initially thought to be Guardiola’s primary target. But Monaco value Mendy at £40m which City are reluctant to meet at the moment.

Sky Sports also confirms that Bertrand as well as his international teammate Tottenham’s Kyle Walker could become City players within a fortnight.

Bertrand, a former Chelsea youngster, has decent pace, he is defensively solid and moreover he is homegrown. City might end up signing both Mendy and Bertrand but if they decide to sign only one, then Bertrand is looking like the more realistic target considering the current scenario.

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If Bertrand decides to join City, he would almost double his current £55k per week wages. Bertrand made 28 appearances for the Saints in 2016-17 season scoring twice and assisting four times.