Chelsea to battle Manchester United for Nuno Mendes
The 18-year-old is coming off an excellent season, cementing his reputation as one of the best young left-backs in Europe. He made 35 appearances for Sporting this season, scoring once and assisting two more. (h/t Transfermarkt)
His performances not just garnered the attention of United but also Manchester City. With Chelsea also in the fray, the Red Devils will not have it easy.
The Blues have already gotten in touch with the player’s representatives ahead of the summer transfer window. This comes after Mendes’ agent, Miguel Pinho made the trip to England last week.
Emerson Palmieri has struggled to make a mark at Stamford Bridge while Marcos Alonso has been given a new lease of life under Thomas Tuchel. the latter though, is not young anymore and can often be found out while defending.
In Mendes, Chelsea could very well get themselves a solid long-term solution to their woes. He has improved leaps and bounds in recent months and deservedly made the Portugal squad for the Euros.
While United have shown interest in the player, there are a number of reasons that could prevent them from securing his signature this summer. One of them is Sporting’s insistence that Mendes’ £60.25m release clause be met in full.
With Luke Shaw and Alex Telles already at the club, it makes little sense for the Red Devils to go big on Mendes. After all, we are already in the market for a striker and a centre-back, to begin with.
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Mendes made his senior debut for Sporting last season and has since emerged as a key player for the Portuguese giants. He played a key role in their Primeira Liga win this season, their first in 19 years.