Matheus Nunes of Sporting CP has now been linked to Liverpool, to improve things at the center of the park.
Yesterday, we reported a story (via O Jogo) that said the Reds are interested in the Portuguese international, for whom the Lions would accept a proposal of £42 million, but they have not made any formal offers yet.
Today, Jornal de Noticias (news image provided below), another Portuguese source, reported that Liverpool had contacted the Seleccao central midfielder about a possible transfer.
According to JN, Wolverhampton Wanderers were the first team to inquire about Nunes with Sporting, followed by Chelsea and Liverpool more recently.
Reports from the media outlet also states, the Liga Nos powerhouses do not want to sell him after selling Palhinha to Fulham for £17 million (20 million euros) this summer. Nunes believes his chances of featuring in the World Cup will improve if he stays at the Jose Alvalade Stadium.
The eight-cap international last season agreed to a new deal with the Primeira Liga team that would run until the summer of 2026 and has a £50.6 million release clause (60 million euros).
According to JN, Sporting CP has made it clear that they will not open negotiations to sell Matheus Nunes for any offer less than £33.7 million (40 million euros).
Portuguese players are in high demand. Nunez (Benfica) and Diaz (Porto) were both signed by Liverpool this summer. In the current transfer window, PSG acquired Vitinha from Porto, and Arsenal enticed Vieira. As previously mentioned, Palhinha moved from Sporting CP to Fulham.
Yesterday, Klopp admitted that the Reds’ midfield does not contribute to enough goals, but he defended his alternatives and downplayed the issue of squad depth.
Would you agree with the gaffer? Do we need to bring in a central midfielder before the September transfer window closes?