Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed the latest news on Manchester City’s interest in Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes, and it seems as if Pep Guardiola is still desperate to add the teenager to his squad at the Etihad Stadium.
City have regularly been linked with a move for the 19-year-old throughout the summer and Romano shared the latest on a potential transfer on his Twitter earlier this week, writing: “Manchester City are interested in signing Nuno Mendes. He’s considered a top left-back for the future – but the City board have no intention to pay the full €50m price tag to Sporting.
“Sporting are not accepting any proposal around €30m, as of today. Race still open.”
Mendes has established himself as one of the brightest young talents in European football in recent seasons and played a huge part in Sporting’s impressive title win last season, despite only turning 19 earlier this month.
The Portuguese full-back made 29 appearances in Liga NOS, contributing one goal and one assist and averaging a superb 7.24 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
This was enough to rank him as the third-best performer in Rúben Amorim’s squad, which emphasises just how important he has become at Estádio José Alvalade, and it is no surprise that City are showing such a keen interest in him.
Although Guardiola has the likes of Joao Cancelo, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Nathan Ake and Benjamin Mendy available to him at left-back for the 2021/22 campaign, you could argue that only Mendy is a natural in that position, which is hardly ideal given his injury issues.
Therefore, it would make a lot of sense to sign someone such as Mendes, for if he proves to be a success, he could easily nail down a starting spot at the Etihad for the next few years, which suggests that he would be well worth the investment.
Although Romano’s update suggests that City aren’t willing to meet Sporting’s demands at the moment, this certainly seems like a transfer which could happen if negotiations progress. Considering Mendes’ obvious potential, City fans may be very excited about the prospect of the “outstanding” youngster (in the words of his former coach Diego Goncalves) joining Guardiola’s squad.