Manchester City, according to the latest reports from Portugal, appear to have their focus firmly set on Portugal as part of their search for a new left-back in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Although both names are not new to the left-back rumour mill in relation to Manchester City, the suggestions from Portuguese press appear to indicate that Etihad officials will be hunting for a long-term target in the left-back position from one of the country's two biggest clubs.
The first update, as translated by Sport Witness from the latest reports from Record, indicate that Sporting's Nuno Mendes is now being targeted by Barcelona, along with Manchester City - who are known to be in contact with people around the 18 year-old and have been for a while.
Record go on to state that Sporting have also been contacted by Manchester City regarding Mendes, in order for the Etihad club to understand the possibilities of a move this summer. As previously reported in other editions from Record, on-loan full-back Pedro Porro remains an avenue for City officials to explore, in order to possibly secure some sort of discount in any formal pursuit of Nuno Mendes.
Unsurprisingly, given the rapid development of the teenage talent, a number of the top clubs in Europe are monitoring the player, including fellow Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool.
On the topic of the other player that was recently linked with an interest from Manchester City, Alex Grimaldo of Benfica, it is reported by Record that La Liga giants Atlético Madrid are also chasing the player. However, as is the case with Nuno Mendes, Grimaldo is protected by a substantial release clause believed to be €60 million.
Manchester City have previously been linked with Atalanta's Robin Gosens, however the player's desire to move to Germany as well as strong interest from Juventus, combined with the player being more of a left-wing back, appears to have ruled the Premier League side out of this one.
As a sign of encouragement for Manchester City fans however, it has now been reported on multiple occasions that both Benfica and Sporting have identified possible replacements at left-back - and this is reiterated by Record, as translated by Sport Witness, on Thursday.
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