The Portugal international has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium for several months now, and is viewed by many within football to be the next big defensive superstar with his meteoric rise showing no signs of slowing.
The Sporting youth academy product was a breakout star in Primeira Liga last term. He became an ever-present figure for a team that broke Benfica and FC Porto’s dominance in Portuguese football by winning the league title whilst remaining unbeaten in the process.
Mendes’s form saw him rewarded with a place in Portugal’s squad for Euro 2020, and his performances have supposedly caught the eye of Pep Guardiola.
The premier league champions are looking for a new left-back with the club open to selling Benjamin Mendy, who has not lived up to his £52million price-tag since arriving at City three years ago.
The Lisbon side are aware of the growing interest in their starlet and have slapped a €50m price tag on him.
According to Portuguese daily Record relayed by Sport Witness, the Citizens have tried to test Sporting Lisbon’s resolve over Mendes as they proposed an informal bid for him involving €25m in fees plus a player.
However, the report adds Sporting continue to demand €50M, and there’s the ‘conviction’ that, sooner or later, he’ll end up moving to a ‘big shark’ in Europe.
The report claims Sporting Lisbon’s hierarchy believe other potential suitors will approach them willing to match their asking price for Mendes in the future.
£40m + Porro and they should accept— MCFCMax ⁷💙💙 (@7Mcfcmax) July 21, 2021
40m Txiki, please— Liban✨™️ (@MCFC_Liban) July 21, 2021
40 plus Porro is still a great deal— ⚡ (@Ethan4707) July 21, 2021
£40m + Porro should do the job. Hopefully we do get him because he’ll be one of the best within the next few years— MCFCMax ⁷💙💙 (@7Mcfcmax) July 21, 2021
Finally solving our LB problem after 4 years— (@citykako) July 21, 2021
We deffo offered mendy— hhhhhh (@bernardo20goat) July 21, 2021
Oh my god we’re actually about to sign the best LB in the world— Milz💤 (@Ziniology) July 21, 2021