Man City have struck first in the race for Nuno Mendes, according to reports. Liverpool supposedly want the player.
This comes from Record. They claim Man City have made initial contacts over a move for Nuno Mendes.
City are flexible with their pursuit, too. They could sign him outright straight away but may decide to loan him back to Sporting.
Mendes has a £60m release clause but isn’t expected to go for that much. Instead, that fee will be a ‘reference’ in negotiations.
The report also mentions both Manchester United and Liverpool as interested – though, neither have taken the step City have.
O Jogo recently claimed that Mendes was up for sale. Sporting must sell an expensive player this summer to cover some losses, with the teenager being their pick.
They also say that Liverpool remain interested, having previously tested the waters on a £19m offer. It’s not an offer that went anywhere, however.
What RTK has to say
We can’t imagine Liverpool would consider spending anything close to £60m on a left-back right now. Even if they did have Mendes down as a potential superstar.
There are too many others areas of the side that need investment. We hope to see a centre-back, centre-midfielder and striker arrive this summer, for instance, with all taking precedence over a left-back.
So it all comes down to how much Sporting want and how close their asking-price is to that release clause. City hold an ‘advantage’ here in that they probably want a left-back slightly more than Liverpool do.
On top of that, they have more money and the pull of the Champions League next season – we’re not sure Liverpool will.
So we can’t see this one happening. It would be a real shame, given Mendes’s talent, but the timing is wrong.