LIVERPOOL are still interested in Sporting Lisbon starlet Nuno Mendes, according to reports.
The Reds have reportedly seen a £19million offer for the 18-year-old rejected, with Sporting now keen to increase the left-back’s release clause from £40m to £60m.
Mendes only signed a new contract at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in June, but Sporting are keen to renew his terms again amid interest from a host of other clubs.
Correio da Manha claims Mendes has agreed to an extension, despite some initial hesitancy, and the deal will triple his £13k-a-week wages.
The youngster’s current deal runs until 2025.
Portuguese outlets Record and O Jogo claim Liverpool’s interest in the player is ‘concrete’ despite them not having any immediate need for a new left-back.
The Premier League champions signed Kostas Tsimikas as cover for first-choice Andy Robertson in the summer, although the Greek defender is currently sidelined with a knee injury.
However, at 6ft tall, it is thought Mendes’ future could lie in the centre of defence.
Injuries to first-choice centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have left Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp short of options at the back.
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Mendes has been with Sporting since the age of 10, and made his senior debut in June.
The Portugal under-21 international has established himself as the club’s first-choice left-back this season, making 13 appearances in all competitions for Sporting this season, scoring once.
In doing so, he became the Lions’ third-youngest ever goalscorer, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma.