Liverpool have reportedly made contact over a potential transfer for midfielder Matheus Nunes.
The Portuguese international has starred for Sporting in recent years and has been linked with a move to the Premier League for some time now.
The news comes days after Jurgen Klopp broke his silence on their transfers as he responded to claims that they need more goals from midfield.
Nunes, 23, has a release clause of £50.6m (60 million euros) and has attracted attention from Wolves and Chelsea.
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Reports from Portugal and Jornal de Noticias claim that Liverpool aren’t the only club to be interested as Wolverhampton Wanderers were the first club to ask Sporting about Nunes, followed by Chelsea.
He believes that the Liga Nos giants do not want to sell him having already offloaded Palhinha to Fulham for £17m (20 million euros) this summer.
Nunes also has a World Cup place to secure and staying at Sporting is guaranteed football ahead of the winter competition in Qatar.
He also signed a new contract last season with the Primeira Liga club that will expire in the summer of 2026 and the club will not open negotiations for the sale of Matheus Nunes for anything below £33.7m (40 million euros).
Klopp on his midfield:
“Where do you want to start? Fabinho, Hendo, Thiago, Milner, Keita, Jones, Elliott, Carvalho, Oxlade-Chamberlain. Now tell me what kind of player are we missing? One who is offensive, 1.95m and arrives into the box to head balls in? OK, apart from that!” pic.twitter.com/reEF753isI
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Klopp defended his midfield options when questioned in a press conference at the start of their pre-season tour in Asia.
The club has Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Fabinho, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Harvey Elliot, Curtis Jones, Fabio Carvalho and Tyler Morton to call on but fans are still calling for a midfield signing.
However, as reported by Whoscored, Thiago only managed to feature in 45% of Liverpool’s Premier League campaign last season whilst Naby Keita was only available for 34%.
It’s clear whilst there are options, combining experience with raw talents, there is a reliability issue and it could make the difference across the season.
Klopp may be forced to enter the market once again for a midfielder but it’s likely someone would have to make way.