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Manchester City made a mistake by not signing Nuno Mendes

Nuno Mendes has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City in recent months but the Citizens failed to act when he became available on deadline day.

After a superb season with Sporting Lisbon, in which Mendes was a regular in their title-winning side aged just 19, it was perhaps always likely that the teenage defender would attract interest from across Europe.

Pep Guardiola’s side were one of the clubs said to be interested in signing him but reportedly baulked at Sporting Lisbon’s asking price earlier this summer.

However, the Portugal international became available on deadline day, with Fabrizio Romano suggesting on Twitter that his agent had touted him to both PSG and Manchester City in the hope of securing a deal, with the Liga NOS champions looking for just €40m (£34.3m) in order to secure a deal for the wonderkid.

In a matter of hours, it was confirmed that PSG had taken up that option to sign him, with the Ligue 1 outfit negotiating a loan deal with an option to buy for €40m, the kind of deal that City could have explored.

Whilst Guardiola has unbelievable depth in his squad, one area which is arguably looking quite weak is left-back, with Oleksandr Zinchenko and Joao Cancelo the main options in that position despite neither being a natural there.

City look set to be without Benjamin Mendy for the foreseeable future after the recent news regarding him, so the Premier League champions should perhaps have been looking to add a left-back to their squad before Tuesday’s deadline.

In Mendes, they would’ve signed an outstanding young talent who could have easily nailed down a starting spot at City for the next 10 years if he were able to realise his potential in Guardiola’s side.

Last season saw the 19-year-old make 29 appearances in the Portuguese top flight, contributing one goal and one assist and averaging an impressive 7.25 rating from WhoScored for his performances.

Therefore, you feel that Txiki Begiristain really missed a trick by not signing the £36m-rated Mendes for City this summer, especially if he establishes himself as a world-class left-back in the future with PSG.

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