Sporting CP defender Nuno Mendes could be one for the future at Manchester City, according to former City defender Michael Ball.
The Premier League champions have been linked with the 19-year-old this summer, with journalist Fabrizio Romano reporting the Citizens’ interest, but the club have no intention of paying the €50m price tag Sporting have put on him.
Mendes offers versatility as he can play as both a left midfielder and left-back, with the latter a position in which City rotated between Oleksandr Zinchenko, Benjamin Mendy and Joao Cancelo last season. At just 19 years of age, Mendes has already made 45 appearances for Sporting CP’s first team, with Ball believing he could be a player for the future.
In an exclusive interview with Transfer Tavern: “If he comes to Manchester City, he’s got time on his hands, he can develop under Pep, learn off the players around him like Foden did, get parts here and there, so when he is ready in a year, 18 months’ time, he’s ready to bounce in and he knows the club and knows how Pep wants to play.
“So yeah, that could be one for the future for Manchester City but obviously for coming straight into that starting line-up, I think it’s just a stretch too far for both of them.”
Whilst City are interested in Mendes, another full-back playing in Portugal who has been linked with a move to Manchester is Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo. According to Pedro Almeida, there are talks between the two clubs, with Benfica reportedly wanting €30million for the full-back.
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