There have not been many more powerful transfer deadlines in the history of football, directed by one club, than the one of Paris Saint-Germain this summer. No one disputes that they have by far the most money, but the Parisians have done a doctoral dissertation on what you can bring for 67,000,000 euros.
Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Giorginio Wijnaldum, and Gianluigi Donnarumma arrived without compensation, Achraf Hakimi was paid 60,000,000, and the Dream team was finally completed in five minutes to 12. And literally. Nuno Mendes arrived at Princes Park on a loan worth 7,000,000 euros with the right of buying him in the amount of 40,000,000 from Sporting.
He came to Sporting as a boy, left him as a champion, and he wants to stay wearing the jersey on paper of surely the most powerful club on the planet. Pablo Sarabia went in the opposite direction, also on loan, and it is interesting that Paris Saint-Germain will cover the entire costs of his salary in the current season.
Half of Europe wanted the Portuguese national team player who is only 19 years old this summer. The sports director of the Lions, Hugo Viana, has been on the phone since the champion of Portugal told the European giants that they could sell the super-talented Mendes by the end of the transfer window and that they will not listen to offers less than 40,000,000 euros.
His agent Miguel Pinho was also in contact with the Manchester giants, Real Madrid, Barcelona ... But the City of Light is obviously a promised place for a teenager. At the beginning of the summer, there were indications that the Lisbon giant could be robbed.
They were afraid that Joao Paulinho, Matheus Nunes and Pedro Goncalves would leave ... The reality is that the backbone of the champion team remained together, and that next summer the club will be richer by 40,000,000 euros, a total of 47,500,000.
That is how Mendes will skip Joao Mario, which is the second most expensive sale in the history of the Lisbon club. The record holder remains Bruno Fernandes, who was once paid 63,000,000 by United. We remember that Paris Saint-Germain was looking for a left back this summer and that Milan's Theo Hernandez was mentioned as a target.
The Parisians never launched an offensive on the Frenchman. but in the photo finish they decided to change course, go after Mendes and complete the Dream team. He may not have Hernandez's experience yet and he may not make an automatic contribution, but he indicated in the games in the Portuguese championship last season (29 games, goals and assists) that he could grow into one of the best defenders