Leicester keen on Sporting Lisbon defender Nuno Mendes with Portuguese side open to selling him for below his £40m release clause
- Leicester have shown interest in Sporting Lisbon defender Nuno Mendes
- Mendes, 18, has attracted the attention of a number of clubs in Europe
- Sporting could sell him for less than his release clause to help raise funds
- Newcastle are among the other clubs to have shown interest in Mendes
Leicester City are monitoring developments with Sporting Lisbon’s talented young defender Nuno Mendes.
The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best up and coming left-backs in Europe and has already attracted scouts from elite clubs across the continent.
Sporting have been reluctant to lose him but like most clubs in Portugal have been feeling the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic and are vulnerable to reasonable offers despite his buy out clause being £40million.
Leicester City have shown interest in talented Sporting Lisbon defender Nuno Mendes
A number of Premier League sides, including Newcastle United, made enquiries in the summer with Sporting reputedly willing to consider around £18m plus add-ons at the time such was the economic squeeze.
Reports in Portugal say Sporting are trying to get the Portuguese U21 international to sign a new contract and increase his buy-out clause as interest builds in the youngster.
Mendes has already established himself as first choice this season and has played nine games with Sporting top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga table.
Mendes has attracted plenty of attention from clubs across Europe over the last year
Leicester sold Ben Chilwell to Chelsea last summer and added versatile right-back Timothy Castagne who can fill in on both flanks.
The Belgian has been out with a hamstring injury recently though Leicester’s other right-back Ricardo Pereira is stepping up his comeback from a cruciate ligament injury and could return at the start of next month. They also have Luke Thomas, Justin James and Christian Fuchs.
However, Mendes is seen as an outstanding talent and, as with young centre-back Wesley Fofana, if a deal can be done for a reasonable price Leicester will explore the options.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is also weighing up adding another forward in January if the budget allows as Leicester push for Champions League qualification.
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