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Manchester United Eye Up Sporting Youngster Nuno Mendes

Manchester United have been heavily linked to Sporting left back Nuno Mendes. The 18 year old has had an impressive season for Sporting Lisbon helping them to their first league title in 19 years. Overall Mendes has played 35 times across the season with 29 of those appearances coming in the league.

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Mendes spent 7 years in the youth set up at Sporting before finally making his breakthrough to the first team in the 19/20 season. His impressive performances have seen a huge amount of interest from around Europe. Manchester United appear to be the front runners but Manchester City and Liverpool are also keeping tabs on the youngster.

Various reports suggest United could try and involve Alex Telles in a deal to bring the youngster to Old Trafford. Since Telles signed for United he hasn’t featured as much as he’d of liked. This has mainly been down to the resurgence of Luke Shaw. Shaw’s form has earned him a place in the England squad for the Euro’s this summer. But it’s left Alex Telles being a bit part player.

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If United didn’t include a player in the deal for Mendes then they would need to part with £60m to prize the young left back away from Sporting. He’d clearly be one for the future as Luke Shaw still has many years ahead of him not to mention the fact Alex Telles could still end up staying at Old Trafford. Mendes is making all the right noises and he would certainly fit into Solskjaer’s plans for the future. The 18 year old’s being highly spoken about and has even acquired the tag ‘wonderkid’ from some people. It’s no doubt that he’s got a bright future ahead of him.

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Andrew Belcher
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