Sporting Lisbon president Frederico Varandas is aiming to cash in on 18 year-old left-back Nuno Mendes this summer, with the goal of breaking the €55 million transfer record set by Bruno Fernandes' move to Manchester United in January 2020.
Manchester City are known to be interested in recruiting a new left-back in the upcoming summer transfer window, as part of a major summer plan that could also see a marquee arrival in the striker position too.
At present, just two left-back names have been linked with a move to Manchester; Nuno Mendes of Sporting, and Atalanta's Robin Gosens. The feeling in some corners is that City prefer the Portuguese defender, and this preference is picked up upon in the latest report from Portugal.
According to A Bola, Manchester City are one of the clubs interested in Nuno Mendes and have already 'asked' about the 18 year-old. It is claimed that Sporting are 'willing to negotiate'.
However, despite the fact that the Portuguese club would not be able to refuse 'high level' offers, A Bola write that there are certain players that they do not think about placing on the transfer market, due to the fact that an additional season with the club could increase their price even further.
This is not the case with Nuno Mendes. It is reported that there is an 'awareness' within the club that the full-back has already reached 'higher levels', and that Sporting feel they can now make the teenage defender their most expensive ever sale - exceeding the €55 million earned through Bruno Fernandes' move to Manchester United 14 months ago.
It has been made public through various reports in recent weeks that Mendes has a €70 million release clause embedded in his most recent contract extension.
His recent call-up to the Portugal national team certainly won't have helped any potential suitors' aim of securing the player for significantly less than his release clause either.
Despite his young age, Mendes has already featured on 26 occasions for the Lions' first-team this season, scoring one goal and providing two assists.
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