In the final hours of the summer transfer window, Paris Saint-Germain addressed one of the weak spots in their starting eleven, left-back. Juan Bernat has yet to return from his knee injury, and the capital club did their best to offload but didn’t succeed.
As a result, it left Abdou Diallo as the only viable player to fill the role, which is why sporting director Leonardo swooped in and secured a loan deal for Nuno Mendes from Sporting CP.
Despite the 19-year-old having a handful of matches with the Ligue 1 side, transfer window specialist Fabrizio Romano reports that are PSG is “enthusiastic” about Mendes’ impact since his arrival late in the summer.
Furthermore, the plan for Les Parisiens is to sign him on a permanent deal in 2022, meaning they’ll activate the €40-million buy option that came attached on the loan agreement with Sporting.
PSG signed Nuno on loan [€7-million] because of Financial Fair Play, but the idea was already clear: he’s “one for the future,” Romano adds. Mendes has made six appearances for the French giants and has yet to register a goal or an assist this season.