Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes still wanted by Liverpool
Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes is still considered a target by Liverpool ahead of the summer transfer window, according to a fresh update.
The Lowdown: Nunes linked with Liverpool move
The Portuguese ace made the move to Molineux last summer, arriving as an exciting signing from Sporting CP, having made 101 appearances for the Primeira Liga giants.
Nunes has enjoyed a solid first season as a Wolves player, playing 24 times in the Premier League and enjoying an 81.4% pass completion rate in those matches.
Unfortunately, constant rumours have linked the 24-year-old with a summer move to Liverpool, even though he has only just got started for the Old Gold.
The Reds reportedly see him as a strong option to bolster their midfield issues, coming in as a younger alternative to the likes of Fabinho, Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
While Wolves resisted Liverpool’s interest during the January transfer window, a new report suggests that they won’t be going away in the near future.
The Latest: Reds still keen
According to The Athletic, Liverpool ‘retain an interest’ in Nunes and could therefore look to sign him at the end of the season, with Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount also in the conversation.
There is no mention of whether or not Wolves would be willing to sell him, although the fact that his current deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2027 puts them in a strong bargaining position.
The Verdict: Concerning…
While Nunes hasn’t necessarily set the world alight in his first season at Wolves, failing to score and only registering one assist in the Premier League, losing him so soon would still be a blow for them.
It could be that, like so many foreign players to come to England, the 11-cap Portugal international needs a year or so to find his feet, before going up a significant gear next season.
With Ruben Neves, Adama Traore and Max Kilman all potentially moving on at the end of the season, seeing Nunes depart as well would be an added and avoidable concern.
Neves looks highly likely to depart after showing great loyalty over the years, Traore doesn’t seem entirely happy at Molineux and Kilman may also feel that a new challenge is required at this stage in his career.
Should all three move on, it is essential that Julen Lopetegui keeps hold of figures such as Nunes, building the team around him and ensuring the summer turnover isn’t too dramatic.