Portuguese starlet emerged as surprise transfer target for Man Utd

Premier League giants Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd are reportedly all keeping close tabs on Sporting Lisbon starlet Nuno Mendes.

The 18-year-old versatile defender broke into the Sporting first team after lockdown last campaign, playing in their final nine games of the season.

Mendes has retained his spot at the start of the new campaign too, playing four games already in all competitions and founding back of the net for the first time in his senior debut before the star of the international break.

Calciomercato claims that the left-sided defender’s emergence has caught the attention of a number of top teams across Europe, including Premier League teams Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool.

The Red Devils and the Mersyeside Reds both strengthen their left-back options during the summer, while the Gunners are well stocked in that area of the pitch too, however, all three are still reportedly considering a move for Nuno Mendes.

AC Milan are also interested in the talented defender, although a sticking point could be his price tag with Sporting unwilling to consider anything below his €45m (£40.9m) release clause.

Mendes, whose deal with the Portuguese outfit does not end until 2025, has featured mainly as a left wing-back for Sporting, however, is also capable of playing in central defence.