Manchester City are on the cusp of landing their fourth major signing of the summer after reportedly agreeing a fee for Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy.
The two clubs have been locked in negotiations in recent days, with City three times having bids for the left-back rejected by the French champions.
Yet a £52m offer is believed to have finally broken Monaco's will and freed the Premier Leage club to open personal talks with French international Mendy.
Such a fee would make the 23-year-old City's biggest signing of the summer so far, eclipsing the £50m stumped up for right-back Kyle Walker last week.
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City have also signed Mendy's Monaco teammate Bernado Silva for £44m and goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica for £35m.
Monaco appear to have become increasingly hardball in their transfer negotiations this summer, after already losing Silva and defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, sold to Chelsea for £40m, from last season's Ligue 1-winning squad.
City's business is unlikely to end with the acquisition of Mendy. Ahead of the club's Thursday pre-season match against United last week, manager Pep Guardiola said the club was in negotiations for four new players.
"We are talking with three or four players who have not joined us, we need that to refresh the players and rebuild a little bit more the club.
"We have targets and we are going to see what happens."