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Report: Manchester City to hold off on signing £60.1m-rated ace; European giants could swoop in

Manchester City have reportedly shelved an attempt to complete a transfer for Portuguese defender Nuno Mendes until the end of Euro 2020.

The Mirror claim that the 18-year-old left-back has been told by manager Fernando Santos to concentrate on this summer’s competition and to take his mind off a transfer. Mendes has a reported release clause of £60.1m.

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Mendes is the youngest member of Portugal’s squad for Euro 2020. Furthermore, the Iberian nation one of the favourites for this summer’s continental competition.

More left-back problems for City

As per the report, City have now put their pursuit of the Sporting Lisbon defender on ice.

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However, European giants Real Madrid are still keen on Mendes and could firm up their interest if he impresses this summer.

City are looking for a new left-back with the club open to selling Benjamin Mendy. The defender joined the club in 2018 for a reported fee of £52m according to BBC Sport.

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Pep Guardiola’s side again spent last season without a nailed-on left-back who was viewed as the first-choice pick. Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko shared the role for the year. The Ukrainian international started against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final.

City will be taking a risk by delaying Nuno Mendes transfer

The left-back position has become something of a poisoned chalice for City since the arrival of Guardiola, with the Premier League champions unable to sign a player who can claim the position as his own.

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Yet Mendes could be the player who breaks the curse, but City are taking a risk in their attempt to sign him. Indeed, with Madrid also interested in the youngster, there is a chance that the La Liga titans could swoop in for the fullback should he impress at the Euros this summer.

With few quality left-backs available this summer, City could be shooting themselves in the foot in their approach to Mendes.

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