When it comes to the transfer market, Leicester are simply one of the best in the business.
According to the football transfer rumours in British media, Leicester City have joined the hunt for Sporting CP left-back Nuno Mendes.
The Portugal international has been subject to interest from various Premier League clubs.
The 18-year-old left-back has played all his life at Sporting. He has made his way through the youth system at the Portuguese club and made his senior debut in 2019. His contract at Sporting CP is set to expire at the end of the 2024/25 campaign.
The left-back has banged in one goal in 9 matches for Sporting this term on all fronts.
The 18-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Portugal.
Mendes has represented Portugal at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 16 caps.
His impressive performances this season have apparently caught the eye of some of Europe’s big clubs.
Brendan Rodgers wants to sign a new left-back and Mendes is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
Leicester have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within Europe, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential.
Rodgers is a long term admirer of Mendes and believes he can get the most out of the Portugal international.
Leicester City are desperate to make an impact in the winter transfer window.
The 18-year-old has been a good servant for Sporting, and is a left-back who places himself in the right positions in defensive situations. His versatile nature can help the manager to be more flexible with the formations.
According to the report, “Leicester City have joined a host of clubs interested in Sporting CP left-back Nuno Mendes. The 18-year-old is one of the most highly sought after talents in Europe. Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all scouted the Portugal U21 international. And the Daily Mail has added Leicester to the list of interested parties. Mendes has a release clause of £40m, but the report claims Sporting would be willing to accept a lower price due to the financial problems caused by COVID-19.”
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It would take a huge offer from Leicester to prise the 18-year-old left-back from Sporting.
Good signing for Leicester City?
Signing the 18-year-old in the winter transfer window would be a masterstroke from Rodgers.
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
As for the player, Leicester could be a great place for him to grow as a footballer. They will be able to provide him with regular first-team football and he will be coached by a very good manager like Brendan Rodgers.
It will be interesting to see if Leicester 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.