Liverpool are the latest Premier League club to express an interest in signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Matheus Nunes.
That’s according to Jornal de Noticias, who claim that Liverpool join Chelsea and Wolves in wanting to add the 23-year-old to their ranks.
Despite the interest though, it’s claimed that no official bid has been made by any of the three teams. Regardless, Sporting manager Ruben Amorim is reportedly unwilling to listen to any offers for Nunes anyway.
Sporting have already lost fellow midfielder Joao Palhinha to Fulham this summer. The manager reportedly doesn’t want to lose Nunes in the same window.
Nunes ticking all the boxes
Despite Jurgen Klopp’s insistence that Liverpool do not need to add a midfielder this summer, the rumours keep coming.
It would seemingly be full-steam ahead on The Reds’ pursuit of Jude Bellingham a year from now. All signs point to Liverpool going all in on their top target next summer.
However, it could be argued that Klopp actually needs more than one midfielder to bolster the squad. Given the age/injury records of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, this is a worthy shout.
One man who certainly fits the bill is Nunes. We first wrote about him as one of the players Liverpool could be scouting during their trips to Portugal to watch Darwin Nunez.
On initial watching, he looks to have all the qualities needed to play in Liverpool’s midfield.
A certain Pep Guardiola is a big fan of him, too. After Manchester City faced Sporting in the Champions League last year, Pep called Nunes ‘one of the best midfielders in the world’ via the Evening Standard.
Hyperbole or not, he clearly has a lengthy list of admirers. According to The Mirror, the Portugal international could be available at around £43m. That wouldn’t break the bank for Liverpool.
Nunes’ age, price and profile all seemingly match the criteria that Liverpool look for, and he’s playing in Portugal to boot! What are you waiting for, Reds?