Manchester United may have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon star Nuno Mendes.
The 18-year-old has been tipped to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side and compete alongside fellow youngster Brandon Williams, who currently sits behind Luke Shaw in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
United are not the only team interested, with the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid also eyeing a move for the teenage sensation.
Speaking this week, Mendes was asked about speculation surrounding a move abroad at some point this summer.
“My agents are in charge of this, whom I trust a lot,” Nuno Mendes told Record.
“I saw the news, but I don’t care. I want to play.”
But when asked which league around the world was his favourite, the likes of Spain and Italy didn't get a look in.
And United will pleased with Mendes' answer.
“I like the English league," he responded.
Scouts have been impressed with his displays and have flagged the teenager to Solskjaer as a potential option to address his left-back concerns.
The Portuguese defender will not come cheap though with Sporting recently inserting a €45m (£41m) release clause into his contract.
But in light of the coronavirus pandemic hitting clubs hard financially there is a suggestion Sporting could be open to offers less than his valuation.
Mendes came through Sporting’s youth academy and has made eight league appearances for the club in his breakthrough campaign.
He has represented Portugal at youth level but is yet to earn his first senior cap.
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As for Williams, the youngster has impressed at Old Trafford this term, alongside Luke Shaw in the left-back position.
However, the academy product is naturally right-footed, which has apparently concerned Solskjaer.
Williams filled in at full-back for the final games of the season after Shaw picked up an injury, helping the Red Devils reach the top four.