Liverpool are still showing an interest in signing Matheus Nunes in the summer transfer window but it has cooled, according to journalist Florian Plettenberg.
The Lowdown: Liverpool’s midfield shortage
The Reds are experiencing a slight midfield crisis at the moment, with Thiago’s hamstring problem suffered last weekend expected to keep him out for at least a month.
Joining him on the sidelines currently are Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Naby Keita missed the 2-2 draw with Fulham through illness, though he is expected to return on Monday against Crystal Palace.
All this has potentially heightened the need for a new midfielder to come in this summer, with Nunes seemingly at the front of the queue when it comes to a possible addition.
The Latest: Nunes saga
Taking to Twitter on Friday, Sky Sport Germany journalist Plettenberg provided an update on the situation, admitting Liverpool’s interest is real but isn’t as strong as others:
“Matheus Nunes: Been told that Wolverhampton is the most interested club at this stage. MCFC is still in. LFC keeps an eye on him but it’s not very hot. Sporting will be open for offers around €35m + resale participation in the future.”
This seems to go against claims from James Pearce just this week as he reported Nunes is not a target for Julian Ward.
The Verdict: Expectations low?
While many Liverpool fans are desperate for Jurgen Klopp and transfer chief Ward to bring in a new midfielder before deadline day, it does feel increasingly as though no business will be done.
In his pre-Palace press conference, the Reds boss confirmed that he is happy with his options, saying that he would only buy someone if exactly the right player became available.
Ultimately, it is a decision that Klopp may live and die by this season, with the midfield issues having the potential to derail Liverpool’s season, or not even be an issue at all if the youngsters hit stride and the likes of Keita stay fit.
Nunes would be an exciting addition, though, having been described as ‘unbelievable’ by ex-teammate Goncalo Santos, and the Reds would be stronger if they brought him in, allowing Thiago to be used as more of a luxury player, given his injury-prone nature.
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