Manchester City reportedly see the potential for an initial deal for Sporting Lisbon's breakthrough teenage talent Nuno Mendes that would involve the player remaining in Portugal next season.
The 18 year-old, who has recently earned a high-profile call-up to the Portugal national team squad over the past fortnight, has been heavily linked with significant interest from the Etihad Stadium.
Reports have even gone as far as to say that at present, the teenage left-back is the 'preferred' option for Pep Guardiola and Etihad officials - who are believed to be on the look out for a new left-sided full-back in the upcoming summer market.
According to Dean Jones of Eurosport, Manchester City are 'very keen' on Mendes as Pep Guardiola looks for a 'long-term solution' in this area of the pitch. However, as previously reported by several other outlets, the €70 million buy-out clause that was recently placed into the teenager's long-term deal in Lisbon may be 'slightly problematic'.
Despite the aforementioned hurdle in a deal, Jones claims that there could be 'potential for an initial deal' to be agreed that would see Nuno Mendes remain at Sporting next season to continue his progress.
However, any decision is 'unlikely soon' as there are so many other clubs checking him out at the moment. The report points in the direction of Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool, as well as La Liga giants Real Madrid - all of whom have made scouting reports on the player over the course of the season.
Such is the high-regard in which the player is currently being held within the game, Dean Jones closes his report on the teenager talent by suggesting that the 'general feeling' within the game is that the 18 year-old is "going to be a player we talk about regularly over the next decade".
Other than Sporting's breakthrough teenager, the only other left-back that has been linked with a move to Manchester is Atalanta's Robin Gosens. Staying in Italy, there have been murmurs over the past few hours over possible interest in Juventus' Alex Sandro, however the Brazilian would certainly command the greatest transfer fee out of the names in question.
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