Man City make Nuno Mendes a ‘top’ target but face major transfer headache

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Manchester City are interested in Sporting Lisbon star Nuno Mendes but face a transfer headache trying to sign him.

It comes as Pep Guardiola looks to ramp up the club's spending after Euro 2020 with some major players in sight.

City strolled to a Premier League victory last season but they want to dominate the competition.

They also see the Champions League trophy as their main priority, having fallen at the last hurdle last campaign when they were beaten by Chelsea in the final.

It has seen them make the likes of Harry Kane and Jack Grealish top targets, but they are also looking to bolster their backline.

Mendes has been commended as one of the best up and coming talents in Europe after breaking into the Sporting Lisbon team.

And according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the 19-year-old is regarded as a top talent by City, who are looking to sign him.

However, they are not willing to splash out the €50m price tag that the Portuguese side have priced the youngster at.

Instead, the Etihad outfit are looking to spend closer to €30m – a valuation that Sporting do not agree to.

But the race is still on as both sides try to find a solution while the move spells bad news for Benjamin Mendy.

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A left-back has been missing from City's expansive squad for some time now, with Oleksandr Zinchenko or Joao Cancelo filling in the spot.

Neither started their careers out in the position, with Zinchenko a playmaker by trade while Cancelo operates on the right.

Mendy's time at City has been plagued by injuries while Guardiola has not always got on with the Frenchman.

A move to Serie A has beckoned with Inter Milan a reported interested party.

And the arrival of Mendes would relegate Mendy to fourth-placed left-back in the squad.

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