Report: Man City turn down an opportunity to sign 'best left-back' in Liga NOS; Citizens have set aside £60.2m for ace
Man City have turned down the opportunity to sign Nuno Mendes in the 2022 transfer window.
According to A Bola, Sporting CP offered the Citizens the chance to left-back next summer on more attractive terms.
However, Pep Guardiola’s side have turned down the chance. Negotiations over a move for the youngster will continue with all possible scenarios still on the table.
City are thought to have set aside a total of €70m (£60.2m) to complete a transfer for the 18-year-old defender. €60m ( has been kept for a transfer fee, whilst €10m to pay for variables.
Mendes enjoyed a brilliant campaign with the Lions, making 35 appearances across all competitions. He helped the Portuguese giants to their first league title since 2002.
The Portugal youth international is the ‘best left-back‘ in Liga NOS.
TBR View: Sporting offer is the ideal transfer for Man City
Sporting’s offer for Mendes is an ideal transfer scenario for Man City.
The squad is packed to the rafters with talent at full-back. Signing Mendes would only further saturate the position.
However, with Sporting’s offer to acquire him ahead of the 2022/2023 campaign, there is an opportunity to plan for the future.
Oleksander Zinchenko performed well last season and will most likely hold down a spot next season. Meanwhile, Joao Cancelo has been known to feature at left-back on occasions.
Signing Mendes this summer would consign him to a role on the bench with hardly any game time. The 18-year-old would lose out on a season of development.
However, taking up the Liga NOS champions’ offer of signing him now ahead of next summer means he can further develop next season. It also means the Premier League champions can secure his transfer ahead of any potential rivals.
Mendes’ talents makes him a key acquisition for the Etihad Stadium outfit. City’s rejection of Sporting’s most recent offer proves baffling especially given how ideal it proves for Guardiola’s team.
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