Manchester City are yet to make any notable additions during the summer transfer window despite falling short in the Champions League final against Chelsea – and have hit another stumbling block.
Although Pep Guardiola will be keen to see some fresh faces this summer as they go out to retain their Premier League title and go one step further in Europe, he has previously hinted that they won't be spending big this year.
Subsequently, the addition of Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Nuno Mendes might now be off the table with City wide of the mark with their estimation compared to the asking price.
Despite that, the fact the club see him as a 'top left back for the future' could force them to put more cash on the table having spent huge sums on full-backs in the past.
Fabrizio Romano reports that while City are interested in signing teenager Mendes, they have no intention of paying his £43million price-tag in full.
Their valuation is said to stand at around £25m, but that is not a proposal that Sporting will be accepting at any point in the near future.
The Portugal international defender has made 38 league appearances for Sporting since making his debut last year, signing a contract extension as recently as December.
Despite his obvious ability, Mendes, 19, will likely be in no rush to force a move away as he gets regular first-team minutes in Portugal.
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Guardiola spoke of City's transfer plans earlier this month in a chat with TV3, and was asked whether the club could afford to spend £100m on a single deal following links to Jack Grealish and Harry Kane.
He said: "I imagine that if we want to sign a Barca or Madrid player for 100 million or so, Barca and Madrid will not complain. They will be delighted that it can be done, I wish now they would.
"I don't know how the market will end. I don't know, with Txiki [Begiristain], what we can do because many times you want to do things that are not possible.
"What we can do, we will do and if we do not continue with the squad we have, with which we have won three Leagues in four years, we have finally reached a Champions League final.”
Having said after links to Erling Haaland in February: "With the prices we are not going to buy any strikers, it is impossible, we can not afford it. It's impossible.
"All the clubs struggling financially, we are not an exception. We have Gabriel [Jesus], Ferran [Torres] who has been incredible in this position, we have young players in the academy, we play many times with a false-9.
"I don't know what is going to happen. Maybe we're going to buy but maybe, maybe we're not going to buy any striker for the next season. Today there is more chance we aren't going to buy any striker for the next season."
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