Man United closely monitoring 17-year-old Portuguese left-back

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Red Devils are in discussions over the signing of Sporting defender Nuno Mendes in a deal worth over £10m.

The Star report that the Portuguese teenager is keen on a move to Man United, Red Devils interest in the talent appears to stem from a glowing recommendation from former star Nani.

It’s even claimed that the Man United discussed the Portugal Under-19s star when they signed Bruno Fernandes from Liga NOS giants in the winter transfer window.

The defender’s contract expires in 2021 and the star report that Nuno has rejected Sporting’s offer of a new two-year deal, as he’s keen on seeing the options available to him.

Nuno is yet to make his senior debut for the Portuguese giants, but he’s a staple in the club’s Under-23s side, with the defender playing 17 games this campaign scoring one goal and adding three assists.

The Star report that Nuno does however train with the first-team squad and that clubs in Spain and Italy are also hoping to secure his signature.

Mendes has represented Portugal at Under-16s, 17s, 18s and 19s level – it’s clear that the attack-minded full-back is regarded as one of the nation’s most promising talents.