Real Madrid have joined the race to sign reported Liverpool target and Sporting Lisbon forward Pedro Gonçalves, according to reports.
This comes from Defensa Central. They say that the former Wolverhampton Wanderers reject is attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs in world football amid his sustained brilliance in the Portuguese top-flight.
Goncalves, 22, has been in stunning form, after all, having fired Lisbon to the top of the Primeira Liga table with a stunning 12 goals in 14 matches from central midfield.
Last Friday, Record claimed that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were monitoring the situation of ‘Pote’, who has drawn comparisons with his fellow countryman and Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes.
Reports from Spain, meanwhile, claim that 13-time European Cup holders Real Madrid see Gonçalves as the ideal solution to their ageing midfield. Zinedine Zidane is still heavily reliant on the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro, after all.
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Gonçalves, who has a reported £53 million release clause in his Sporting contract, could be on the move, then, just two years after Wolves allowed the Portugal U21’s international to leave Molineux on a Bosman.
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So, it seems Liverpool could have legitimate interest in the former Black Country starlet. And why shouldn’t they? His goal return is up there with the best in Europe for midfielders and he is relatively young, too.
Even the best players in world football can struggle to make their mark in the Premier League early on. The likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah epitomise such a notion, after all, following disappointing early spells with Chelsea, before setting the English top-flight alight later on in their respective careers.
Indeed, it is unconventional for a midfielder to enjoy such a rich reign of goalscoring form. It’s no wonder Gonçalves has been likened to his compatriot Fernandes, then. He, too, has 12 top-flight league goals this season.
Having left Wolves to join Famalicao in 2019, Gonçalves has rediscovered his touch and continues to move from strength-to-strength.
This is certainly a transfer saga to keep an eye on, then. Liverpool haven’t had a midfielder with such an eye for goal since Philippe Coutinho, after all.
With Madrid also in the picture, it seems Liverpool could have their work cut out if the club’s interest is to materialise into anything substantial further down the line.