Nuno Mendes will join PSG on transfer deadline day, according to reports. The teenager is a long-term Liverpool target.
This comes from Fabrizio Romano. He says Paris Saint-Germain will confirm Nuno Mendes soon. The teenager joins on an initial loan deal with an option to buy next summer.
All in, the deal will cost PSG £40m – assuming they do make it permanent. Mendes provides them with a long-term option at left-back as one of the most promising young players around.
Nuno Mendes joins PSG
Liverpool have had eyes on Mendes for some time. A Bola first reported their interest back in May 2020 and it’s kept up from then.
Record had Liverpool down as interested this summer, too, while there were links all season long. And for good reason – he’s an elite talent.
Mendes is a teenage left-back who can play as a winger. That does fit Liverpool’s mould very well, especially when you consider that he’s already proven.
The 19-year-old started for Sporting last season as they won the Primeira Liga. It’s very difficult to find a player that young and already a proven success.
There was a chance to secure a long-term successor to Andy Robertson here, then. Instead, we imagine Liverpool will look internally to see if the likes of Owen Beck could progress into that role.
But in truth, this race came far too soon for the Reds. With Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas on the books, they couldn’t do this kind of deal. Liverpool may have loaned him but would Mendes get any games this season? Probably not.
PSG are fairly light at left-back, however, and will almost certainly start Mendes with some regularity. Not to mention that they could likely start their kitman at left-back and still waltz to the Ligue 1 title this season.
They’ll know by the end of this season if he’s worth signing permanently. There’s room for Mendes.
A £40m deal for a young left-back was just never on the cards for Liverpool, though, even if they were feeling spendy. The only hope was that Mendes would stick around in Portugal for another two years, by which time the Reds could justify it all.
Instead, it’s another top target off the table.