Man United keep a close eye on 18-year-old Liga NOS defender

Man United will offer Alex Telles in their bid to sign star Nuno Mendes from Sporting Lisbon before next campaign. Portugal international has become one of the most sought-after young players in Europe ever since he broke into the Sporting Lisbon first-team at the backend of the last campaign.

A left-back by trade, Nuno has impressed with his attacking qualities and made his debut for the Portuguese national team during the recent international break as well. Red Devils have been hot on the heels of Nuno, closely following his development and progress with the Liga NOS giants.

Along with Man United, the likes of Liverpool as well as Real Madrid are also said to have a keen interest in the 18-year-old defender. The Red Devils, though, could act on their interest in the Portuguese defender in the upcoming transfer window, with star man Bruno Fernandes said to be urging the club to sign the youngster.

Bruno arrived at Man United from Sporting last year and will have seen the teenager’s potential. The Liga NOS club, for their part, are willing to do business for a transfer fee of €40m, despite Nuno signing a new contract in December last year.

However, Man United are working on getting that asking price down and one way they could do it is by offering Alex Telles as part of the deal to land the youngster. Brazil international joined the Red Devils only last summer from Porto.

The Brazilian defender has done fairly well in whatever limited opportunities he has got, with Luke Shaw establishing himself as the undisputed first-choice at left-back on the back of a stellar campaign.