Liverpool planning shock move for 18-year-old talented defender

The Merseyside giants have been in contact for the signing of Nuno Mendes. Liverpool contacted Miguel Pinho, U21 Portugal international’s representative, a few weeks ago. Liverpool made the representative aware they would be willing to move for the promising defender, but not at an amount anywhere near his €45m release clause.

Pinho then informed Sporting of the Reds approach, and the Portuguese club responded by pointing to the clause amount and using that as a reference. Reading between the lines, it would appear the Merseyside club were quickly put off by the response, and instead moved to sign Kostas Tsimikas.

La Liga giants have also been credited with an interest, but, just like Reds, they’d have no intention of going anywhere near the €45m amount. Depending on how Tsimikas does in his first campaign at Liverpool, and Nuno Mendes’ progress with the Liga NOS giants, this could be one to look at for future transfer windows.

Should he progress as hoped for, there’s every opportunity the Lions will look for a renewal and a bigger clause. Pinho knows from representing Bruno Fernandes just how difficult the Liga NOS giants can be when they want to keep a footballer on their books.

The Portuguese defender is believed to have a €45m release clause which both Liverpool and Man United are interested in activating.

Nuno has come through the ranks at Sporting and there has been a fair bit of speculation as to where his future may lie. Whilst obviously a prospect, it seems unlikely Liverpool manager would be interested in adding a third left-back to his squad, having already added Kostas Tsimikas this summer.