Man United held talks with 23-year-old Portuguese midfielder

Man City are set to face competition from Man United in their pursuit of Sporting midfielder Matheus Nunes. A product of the Ericeirense youth setup, Portugal international joined the Lions in winter 2019 after a stint with Estoril Praia.

Nunes linked up with Sporting’s Under-23 setup initially before breaking into the first-team roster in 2020, from which point he has steadily grown into a regular for Ruben Amorim’s side. Matheus featured 50 times across all tournaments for the Portuguese giants in the 2021/22 campaign, even chipping in with four goals and five assists.

The 23-year-old midfielder, who has seven caps for the Portuguese national team, has been strongly linked with a move to Man City ever since their coach, Pep Guardiola, praised him after an encounter between the two clubs in the UCL.

The Red Devils are ready for a revamp in the middle of the park as Pogba and Matic have confirmed their exits, while Lingard and Mata are also leaving at the end of the month when their respective deals expire.

It is set to create many vacancies in the centre of the park that new coach Erik ten Hag will look to fill, with the Portuguese emerging as the latest target.

The report states that Matheus Nunes has a release clause worth €60m in his deal with the Lions. However, a deal can be done for a fee of nearly €50m if either club is willing to offer a footballer on loan.