Liverpool have already spoken directly to Matheus Nunes about the possibility of moving to Anfield.
That’s according to journalist Fabrizio Romano. Speaking on his YouTube channel this morning, the transfer expert said Liverpool and Nunes were in touch last summer, before the midfielder joined Wolves.
Now, less than six months later, Romano says the Reds are ‘really, really interested’ in signing the 24-year-old.
“Not just Jude Bellingham, they [Liverpool] have other options. It’s not just as an alternative, because Matheus Nunes can be one more midfielder in the sense that Liverpool will probably lose Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on a free. From what I’m told, Naby Keita also has real possibilities to leave Liverpool on a free transfer. Let’s see if the situation will change with the contact talks in the next months, but this is a possibility,” he explained.
“This is why Matheus Nunes can be a serious option for Liverpool. I’m told a potential move to Liverpool was already discussed with the player when he accepted last summer to join Wolverhampton from Sporting.
“The player was tempted by the Premier League in general, but already discussed this possibility with Liverpool. So, this is what happened with Matheus Nunes and Liverpool. Keep an eye on this possibility for Matheus Nunes to join the club in the summer. Liverpool are really, really interested.”
Nunes set to get his Anfield move
Unless anything unforeseen happens, this is a transfer that looks pretty straightforward to get done. Reading between the lines, it appears that some kind of guarantee has been made to Nunes from Liverpool.
Of course, this is merely speculation. But, given the good relationship between Liverpool, Wolves and agent Jorge Mendes, it isn’t too out-there to suggest that this has all been arranged.
As much as Reds supporters wanted to see midfielders brought in last summer, Klopp clearly thought he had enough to manage. This has since been proven to be false, but maybe the manager knew that already.
Rather, he realised that the likes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would leave after this season. Without room for another player in the meantime, Liverpool were forced to hold off for a year.
So, rather than risk Nunes heading to another club from Sporting, perhaps Liverpool came to some agreement with Wolves. Save the player for us for a season, and we’ll buy him off you for a small profit.
In theory, it sounds like smart planning from Liverpool. But given the fact that injuries forced them into panic buying Arthur Melo, maybe they’d have been better off just going all-in for Nunes last summer. Anyway, it appears the player, who has been called ‘unbelievable’ by former teammate Goncalo Santos, will get his Anfield move eventually.