Man Utd in talks to snap up wonderkid wanted by clutch of Euro clubs

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Manchester United are being linked with a potential move for Nuno Mendes.

The full-back has attracted interest from across Europe after making his first-team breakthrough at Sporting CP.

Mendes has played in all seven of Sporting’s Liga NOS games thus far this term, an impressive feat for the 18-year-old left-back.

He is already a Portugal U21 international and there are a clutch of clubs eyeing him up.

Not only are United interested, Liverpool, Arsenal, and AC Milan have also been credited with an interest in the teenager.

However, Sport Witness carries a report from A Bola on Saturday claiming that Sporting are hoping to convince him to stay in Portugal.

He signed a new contract in the summer, extending his stay until 2025, but the club are prioritising handing him fresh terms.

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They are said to be aware of the interest from United in particular and are hoping to hike his release clause, which is said to currently stand at €45m (£40.4m).

Mendes is also earning just €14,000-per-week (£12,587), a wage that does not exactly reflect his importance to the Sporting side.

It is also a wage that would be easily matched, or potentially doubled or trebled, by United.

Sporting are seemingly aware of this, so it has become something of a race against time to get him to sign on the dotted line.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

More than anything, this shows that United are chasing a player who is incredibly highly regarded by his current club.

Given his age and progression through the Portuguese youth ranks, one has to think that spending around £40m on him by triggering his release clause would be a shrewd investment for United.

They would also be beating off the competition, and one has to think that the potential of loaning him back to Sporting could sweeten a deal.

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Should a deal not be agreed before the January transfer window opens, United should be on the phone on New Year’s Day with a bid.

Mendes is a star in waiting; the Red Devils should do everything they can to get him in.

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