Liverpool have had fresh life breathed into the possible signing of Matheus Nunes.
Sporting CP’s midfielder has been linked with a move away to the Premier League with Liverpool, Wolves, Chelsea and Manchester City all linked at some point.
Nunes, 23, has grown in stature in recent seasons and would be tailor-made for Jurgen Klopp’s three-man midfield.
With Liverpool currently not in the market for any signings, there have been rumours of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain moving on which would free space for this potential signing.
“I think another midfielder could help Liverpool, a player like Matheus Nunes, a talented 23-year-old from Sporting Lisbon, would be a smart idea. But Liverpool always think long-term and I’m sure they will invest in a midfielder in 2023.” [@FabrizioRomano for @caughtoffside]
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) July 19, 2022
Latest reports on Matheus Nunes
Earlier this month, O Jogo revealed that Liverpool are looking to sign Nunes who has already turned down a move to Wolves.
According to the latest newspaper reports from Record, Sporting’s manager Ruben Amorim is keen to hold onto the player for another but the President, Federico Varandas, is worried about the financial health of the club.
He fears that if Nunes moves in January then the fee will be less than it would be in the summer window – comparing it to how Luis Diaz was signed for a cheaper fee in January.
Varandas does not want to face a similar situation with Nunes and the report claims he would accept the sale now if a bid of £38.4M (€44.5M fixed) fee plus £4.3M(€5M) in add-ons was submitted.
The total fee would be £42.7M (€49.5M).
Matheus Nunes completed more take-ons than any other player during the 2021-22 Primeira Liga season:
◎ 115 attempted
◉ 81 completed
◎ 70.4% success rate
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A Klopp-Esque midfielder
The signing would make financial and tactical sense for sure, given Nunes has the profile and technical ability to always want the ball and to progress it too,
As analysed by Sam McGuire, Nunes ‘ticks a number of boxes for Liverpool. He’s six foot, experienced and a versatile midfielder.
He primarily plays on the left for Sporting of a three-man midfield, a position usually held by Thiago or perhaps Fabio Carvalho this season.
Nunes has experience on the right in a role played by Jordan Henderson or Harvey Elliot and he could be an upgrade in ball-carrying and pace in a signing that could happen next summer.