According to famous journalist Fabrizio Romano, Manchester city are interested in signing Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes this summer.
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Rudy Galetti recently revealed Man City lead the race to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Mendes this summer, but there is still some distance between the assessments on both sides of the player.
The reporter suggested that despite the left-back’s € 70m (£ 60.4m) release clause, the Portuguese side would let the 19-year-old go for € 55m (47.5m) million pounds sterling).
What did Fabrizio Romano say about Mendes?
Romano claims Man City love Mendes and see him as a man for the present and the future. However, the reporter suggested that negotiations for the Portugal international will be really tough as Sporting want € 50million (£ 43.1million) for the defender.
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“They want a left-back and they are looking at opportunities,” said Romano, speaking on the Here We Go podcast. “Nuno Mendes is seen as one of the players of the present and the future. They love that left-back.
“They would be willing to pay around € 25million (£ 21.6million), maybe € 30million (£ 25.9million) with surcharges included. But Sporting want € 50million (£ 43.1million) or nothing. The negotiations are therefore really difficult for Nuno Mendes.
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How did Mendes perform last season?
According to WhoScored, Mendes was Sporting Lisbon’s third best player in the Portuguese top flight last season with a score of 7.24.
The left winger played an important role in the offensive and defensive areas of the pitch. He had 1.7 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per championship game for his team last season. The 19-year-old also managed 1.5 dribbles and provided 1.1 assists in each game.
Mendes’ performances in the previous campaign have earned him a call-up to Portugal’s squad for the European Championships this summer, although he hasn’t made a single appearance at the tournament.
What does this mean for Benjamin Mendy?
Mendy was signed for Man City in 2017 for £ 52million from AS Monaco, but since joining he has failed to justify his high price tag and Mendes could become his replacement.
According to Transfermarkt, Mendy has missed 124 games with injury since the start of the 2017/18 campaign, which equates to 727 days on the sidelines.
The 27-year-old’s lack of availability meant he failed to secure a consistent series of games under his belt, which forced Pep Guardiola to play players like Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko at the back left.
The arrival of Mendes could well mark the end of Mendy’s City’s career and it would be a big boost for Guardiola to have another fit left-back at his disposal.
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