Man United enter the battle for €20m-rated Liga NOS defender

Nuno Mendes is a highly sought-after defender ahead of the summer transfer window. Man United and Liverpool are among the teams that are hot on his trails, but Sporting Lisbon are adamant that U21 Portugal international will leave if his €70m release clause is triggered.

Nuno broke into the Lions first-team setup at the tail end of last campaign and has since gone on to establish himself as the Liga NOS club’s first-choice left-back. A footballer who has been highly rated ever since his youth footballing days, Mendes has turned out 33 times for the Portuguese giants.

That the 18-year-old defender has continued his progress in tremendous fashion over the past year or so has only piqued the interest further among the marquee names of European football. In particular, there is a lot of interest stemming from the PL, with Liverpool and Man United reportedly keen on signing the Portuguese defender.

The interest from Man United comes as a bit of a surprise, considering the resounding success of Luke Shaw this campaign. With Alex Telles being a reliable backup option and Brandon Williams waiting in the wings to be given an opportunity, there really does not appear to be any room for another left-back in the Norwegian manager’s squad.

Instead, it would be prudent to invest the money in a defender, especially considering Nuno has a €70m release clause. Reds, on the other hand, could do with someone with the qualities of Nuno, as they enter a transitional period that will see the German manager make some sweeping changes to his squad.