18-Year-Old Defender About To Become Lot More Expensive For Liverpool

Liverpool still have an interest in Sporting Lisbon's Nuno Mendes but the 18-year-old defender is about to become a lot more expensive.

Jurgen Klopp's side reportedly made an offer of £19million for the left-back, which was rejected by Sporting, who would have accepted £40m.

But in response to the flurry of interest in Mendes, Sporting plan to tie the youngster down to a new contract with a £63m buy-out clause in the coming weeks.

According to Portuguese newspapers Record and O Jogo, Liverpool's interest in Mendes is ‘concrete' despite them not being in urgent need of a left-back.

The player could potentially move next summer with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Manchester United also interested in the highly-rated wonderkid.

But the reports in Portugal say the Premier League champions are the only club to have made an offer already.

It is thought Mendes, who is a Portugal Under 21s international, could convert to a central defender in the future.

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Injuries to first choice centre-halves Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have stretched their defensive strength this season though the Reds nonetheless sit top of the Premier League table.

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