Nuno Mendes targets Premier League switch amid Manchester United interest
The 18-year-old Mendes has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at the Portuguese capital club in 2019/20. Having come through the club’s youth ranks, the left-back broke into the U23 side last year, before making his first-team debut in June earlier this year.
Mendes featured in all but one of Sporting Lisbon’s ten league matches since the restart of the season. Used as a left wing-back, the youngster impressed heavily, even though he wasn’t able to contribute with a goal or an assist.
In addition, he had racked up 17 appearances for the club’s U23 side, in which he scored once and set up three more. Mendes’ potential has led to him attracting serious interest from a number of clubs, with Manchester United at the forefront. (h/t Daily Star)
Addressing the speculations about a potential exit this summer, Mendes insisted that he has left all those talks to his agents. (h/t Daily Star)
“My agents are in charge of this, whom I trust a lot. I saw the news, but I don’t care. I want to play.”
But when pushed to name a league that he liked the most, he chose the Premier League, which is being perceived as a boost for United in the pursuit of the youngster. (h/t Daily Star)
“I like the English league.”
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Mendes has a release clause of £41m. The 18-year-old has demonstrated great potential in his breakthrough year in Lisbon. He would be a fine understudy to Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams at United, before eventually going on to push for a starting berth.
And, with him open to a switch to the Premier League, the club may not have much difficulty in convincing him to make the jump either.