Nuno Mendes – the wonderkid wanted by Man Utd, Real Madrid, and Juventus
One of the most sought-after young players in the world at the moment is 18-year-old Sporting CP star Nuno Mendes.
Mendes made his debut for Sporting in the summer when he made an appearance off the bench in a Primeira Liga fixture against Pacos Ferreira, having been with the club since he was 10-years-old.
When Marcus Acuna left the club for Sevilla ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, he was promoted to the role of first-choice left-back for the Lisbon side.
Naturally gifted with athleticism and pace, Mendes is known for his reading of the game, too, as he can deputise at centre-back as well as fulfilling his role on the left of a four-man defence or as a wing-back.
Man Utd are the latest team interested in a swoop for the 18-year-old, with Real Madrid, Juventus, and Milan all previously linked with a transfer, according to Portuguese daily O Jogo.
Nuno Mendes: Snapshot
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Crucially, Mendes is represented by the same agent as Bruno Fernandes, which could play in United’s favour should they decide to make a move.
At the moment, he currently has a release clause of £40m [€44m], but Sporting are hoping to tie him down to a new contract before January to increase that to around £60m, or potentially higher.
United have long had a working relationship with Sporting ever since the transfers of Ronaldo, Nani, and then Fernandes in January of 2021.
When Mendes made his debut in June, he actually became the second-youngest player in Sporting’s history to feature in the Portuguese top-flight, with Ronaldo being the first.
Mendes’ versatility makes him an intriguing proposition for the Old Trafford side.