There has been intense speculation surrounding the future of Nuno Mendes in the last period.
British source claim that Arsenal are pushing to sign Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes.
The 18-year-old left-back has played all his life at Sporting Lisbon. He has made his way through the youth system at the Portuguese club and made his senior debut in 2020.
His contract at Sporting Lisbon is set to expire at the end of the 2024/25 campaign.
The left-back has featured in nine matches for Sporting Lisbon last term.
The 18-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Portugal.
Nuno Mendes has represented Portugal at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level, winning 14 caps.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Arsenal.
The Gunners are looking to sign a left-back and have identified the 18-year-old as potential transfer target.
The Arsenal manager has been impressed by his performances last season and could make a move this summer.
According to the report, “Arsenal have reportedly joined Manchester United and Liverpool in the race for Sporting Lisbon’s 18-year-old Nuno Mendes. Portuguese outlet O Jogo reports the North London club are the most interested Premier League side in the player. The Gunners face competition from AC Milan for the Portuguese starlet, with the Serie A side reportedly launching a bid worth £13.5million. But Sporting are understood to be holding out for a much bigger sum – something that could derail Mikel Arteta’s pursuit of the left-back. With Mendes contracted until 2025, Sporting are not forced to sell up. And are waiting for any interested party to activate the defender’s £40.5m release clause before he is allowed to leave. Although they may accept a slightly lower fee, clubs are currently way off their lofty valuation of the Portugal youth international. Arsenal are looking to sign a back-up for Scot Kieran Tierney.”
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Sporting would be wise to keep the Portugal international, but if they do let him go expect it to be for a hefty sum.
Good signing for Arsenal?
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
If Mendes is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Arsenal.
The 18-year-old could be a good fit for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
It will be interesting to see if Arsenal can beat their rivals to the left-back’s signature.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.