Sky journalist Melissa Reddy claimed earlier this week that Liverpool are ‘heavily scouting’ the Portuguese league.
Having already picked up Luis Diaz from Porto, Reddy name-checked Darwin Nunez as being a player of interest to Liverpool (Sky Sports Football 7mins 42secs).
In Diaz’s absence, the Uruguayan is currently the hottest property in the Primeira Liga. He cemented that status with an excellent display and a goal against Liverpool on Tuesday night.
But there are plenty of other talents playing their trade in the league. Here are three players we think Liverpool should be looking at.
The surprise package of the Portuguese season has been Gil Vicente. After consecutive mid-table finishes, the Northern side are currently sitting in a European slot – fifth in the table.
Key to their success has been 22-year-old Brazilian winger Samuel Lino. Starting every single one of their 28 games this season, Lino has an impressive nine goals and five assists to his name.
He is a right-footed left winger who likes to cut inside, very much in the Liverpool mould. Lino is skilful and quick and looks to have real ability.
Already into his third year in Portugal, his numbers are improving year-on-year. If Gil Vicente can make it into Europe next season he might be one to keep an eye on.
23-year-old Portuguese midfielder Matheus Nunes has become an important figure this season for champions Sporting.
Cementing himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet, Matheus has grown in stature over the season.
At six feet tall, is a relatively big midfielder who likes to drive forward with the ball. He is excellent in tight spaces and has a good turn of pace, looking to get forward whenever possible.
Born in Brazil, Nunes is now a full Portuguese international. He has five caps and scored his first goal for his adopted country in last months World Cup qualifier play-off against Turkey.
Hailing from Enfield, Marcus Edwards has been tearing up the Primeira Liga since 2019. After leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Victoria de Guimaraes, Edwards then joined Sporting in January.
The nippy winger is left-footed and usually operates from the right wing. His speed and ability to slalom through defenders make him a particularly eye-catching player.
Still only twenty-three, if Edwards can become a key player for Sporting, there are sure to be clubs queuing up to bring him back to England.
He wouldn’t come cheap – Sporting inserted a £50m release clause into his contract upon signing in January. But for a top young English talent, that doesn’t sound like a fee out of reach of Liverpool.