Liverpool want Nuno Mendes from Sporting Lisbon, according to reports out of Portugal. The Reds hope to beat Real Madrid to the teenager.
Portuguese outlet Record and O Jogo make the claim, as cited by Caught Offside. They believe that Liverpool face competition from the 13-time European Cup winners.
The Mirror his new contract, which runs until 2025, reportedly includes a new release clause set at a whopping £63 million.
If Liverpool want to land the talented teenager it seems they need to be prepared to get the chequebook out.
So what would the Reds get for their money? Mendes is an 18-year-old for Sporting who has clocked up 14 appearances across all competitions this term.
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And he’s clearly rated very highly, given the teams and fees named in this report.
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Liverpool would have to rate Mendes spectacularly to consider splashing £63m for him. He’s not going to play in their first team, after all, and would represent a signing for the future.
And when you compare that figure to other youth products, it seems ridiculous. Sepp van den Berg, for instance, arrived at the same age – and with plenty of senior experience – for just £1.3m up-front [BBC].
That’s some way short of the eye-watering buy-out clause Sporting have reportedly inserted into the player’s contract.
At his age, such an eye-watering price-tag would be a huge risk and potential detriment on his career. We could be better served letting him develop further before weighing up another bid.
We aren’t in desperate need of cover at left-back anyway. Jurgen Klopp has both Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas in that particular position, after all.