How much Manchester City were willing to pay for PSG new-boy Nuno Mendes this summer revealed
Mendes hot property
Nuno Mendes is one of the most exciting defensive prospects of his generation. Just 19 years old, he has already racked up 47 appearances for Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon, the same youth system that produced Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and other household names.
As such, it sparked something of a frenzy when he was placed on the market on deadline day by the Portuguese side, leaving Manchester United, Manchester City and Paris-Saint-Germain all to go head-to-head for his services.
Sporting are open to sell Nuno Mendes in the next few hours. His agent Miguel Pinho has been in touch with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in the last minutes. #PSG #MCFC
Sporting want €40m to complete the deal today. Let’s see what happens.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
It was, however, the Parisians that completed a deal for him in the dying hours of the window, agreeing a loan with an option to buy next summer for a fee of 40 million euros.
❤️ # pic.twitter.com/gMmvwBlJy7
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 31, 2021
City were interested at a cut price
Now, as per the reliable Fabrizio Romano, it has emerged that Manchester City had already enquired about the defender earlier in the summer, and were very interested.
However, it appears that they were only willing to strike a deal worth around 20 million euros (a fee less than half of his current 42 million euro transfermarkt value)
Nuno Mendes starts his new chapter as PSG player today. €40m buy option is not mandatory. #PSG
Man City asked for Nuno in June but for €20m – no way for €45/50m value.
Manchester United were only interested in Nuno for the future – happy with Shaw & Telles this summer. pic.twitter.com/enwKaBHQ6D
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 9, 2021
Meanwhile, Manchester United, for their part, were only seeking a longer-term investment and therefore didn’t pursue a deal.
Could Manchester City come to rue missing out on the highly-touted teen?