It’s been a few months since Manchester City started being named as the main contenders to sign Sporting midfielder Matheus Nunes. It all started with the compliments made by Pep Guardiola when the clubs faced each other in the Champions League, and since then, several reports from Portugal said a summer bid could be made.

With the Liga Bwin season now over, it’s time for local outlets to start talking about the market plans that each club have, and the Lions seem to be focused on keeping a certain structure of their squad which could help them next season.

That seems to include Matheus Nunes. Newspaper Record today writes there’s a ‘project’ to have him for one more year, as he’s one of their main assets ‘both sportingly and financially’.

The player has already been informed, and he’s ‘happy at Alvalade’ and knows that the next Champions League will ‘help to open doors’ for his future. Once again, the outlet recalls the praise sent by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

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As newspaper O Jogo also writes about Sporting’s plans for their squad, they explain how difficult it should be for clubs to come and get players from the Lions this summer.

The outlet points out that Nunes’ price has gone up ‘like an arrow’ this season, both for his performances with the Lions and due to his inclusion in the national team, so the Lisbon side will ‘do everything’ to keep him.

That’s why ‘only truly irrefutable offers’ could take him from the club, and that’s what Manchester City will need to have in mind in case they do bid for him in the coming months.