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Arsenal join race for United, Liverpool in race for 18yo sensation

Timothy Aiyeku

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North London outfit Arsenal are the latest to join the race to sign Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes in this summer transfer window.

The 18-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in Europe, the reason why several Premier League clubs are in the chase of his signature with Man United and Liverpool motioned as clubs that are keen to land him.

A report by Portuguese outlet O Jogo claims that outside the competition from the reports the Premier League side in the player, the North London club will have to beat competition from the Italian Serie A outfit AC Milan as they are already preparing to launch a bid.

It is understood that AC Milan are willing to cash out £13.5 million for the Portuguese starlet which could beat off interest from Arsenal and other Premier League clubs.

Moreso, Sporting Lisbon are reportedly unwilling to take the proposed £13.5 million by AC Milan and that could hold Mikel Arteta back as the North London club might not be able to meet his demand.

Nuno Mendes’ contract with Sporting Lisbon will not end until 2025, the reason why he will not be allowed to leave for a cheap price as they are not desperate to part ways with him.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.