MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing to battle Liverpool for £10million Portuguese prodigy Nuno Mendes.

The Under-19 international has shone with Sporting Lisbon's youth side this season.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown interest in the left-back, who was recommended by ex-United and Sporting star Nani.

But Anfield chief Jurgen Klopp has now joined the race for Mendes' signature by having him watched last week.

The 18-year-old made an impressive senior debut in Sporting's 2-0 Primeira Liga win over Tondela on Thursday.

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