Comment Advertisement Mendes is a rising star at Sporting Lisbon (Picture: Getty)Nuno Mendes’ step up to the Sporting Lisbon first-team has caught the attention of Premier League giants, according to reports in Portugal. The 18-year-old is rapidly making a name for himself at Sporting Lisbon and has managed to force himself into head coach Ruben Amorim’s plans in recent months.Mendes made his senior debut in June and is also attracting transfer interest from several Serie A side, including Juventus and AC Milan.A Bola claim Arsenal and Liverpool are among Mendes’ suitors, but the left-back will not come cheap.ADVERTISEMENTSporting Lisbon would be open to cashing in on Mendes, but only if a side can trigger his £41million buy-out clause.AdvertisementAdvertisementMendes has made nine appearances in Liga Nos since breaking into the side and has played mostly on the left side of midfield.Neither Arsenal or Liverpool would be expected to move for Mendes this summer with limited transfer funds at both clubs.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBoth sides are aiming to improve their first-team in the current window, with Mikel Arteta securing the signings of centre-back Gabriel and attacker Willian.Liverpool are on the verge of their first major signing after agreeing a fee with Bayern Munich for Thiago.The transfer window remains open until 5 October.MORE: Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick sends class message to Liverpool over Thiago transferMORE: Bayern Munich confirm Thiago Alcantara will join LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Coral BarryThursday 17 Sep 2020 2:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link506Shares Arsenal and Liverpool tracking Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Nuno Mendes
Former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay believes his old club now face an even tougher battle to beat relegation in the wake of their humiliation against Hull on Saturday. The defeat, though, was severely damaging for the club’s survival prospects as Mackay said: “It was a real disappointing result at the weekend, a bit of a shock.” Speaking on talkSPORT, Mackay added: “With Aston Villa last week, Hull at the weekend and the game at Swansea, you would be hoping for results to pick up points, rather than (in forthcoming games) away at Tottenham and Everton, two very strong teams. “So it is going to be hard (to stay up). It was always going to be tough, to be honest with you, but it has been made slightly tougher.” Mackay knows only too well how Solskjaer will be feeling at present, with the former Manchester United star trying to come to terms with the demands of his first job in English football’s top flight. Mackay, controversially sacked in December prior to Solskjaer’s arrival, added: “It’s how you respond, how you pick yourself back up, how you pick players back up. “It’s going back in on a Monday when you’ve had a dreadful weekend, feeling awful, with the game going through your mind every minute of the day. “You’re thinking about what you have to talk to the press about, what you say to your chairman when he phones you. “Really, it’s about getting the players ready again for a game in a few days’ time.” Press Association Cardiff suffered their biggest home defeat for 14 years in losing 4-0 to Hull, their third successive Barclays Premier League game without a goal, to leave them one place and one point off the foot of the table. On the back of the hammering, Bluebirds manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced the cancellation of a warm-weather training trip to Abu Dhabi, although insisted it was not as punishment for the loss.